Pakistan-based terrorist outfit LeT poses serious threat to both Indian and Western interests and a global effort is required to eliminate its menace, a White House report has said.
“In South Asia Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT), the organisation responsible for the rampage in Mumbai in 2008 that killed over 160 people, including six Americans, constitutes a formidable terrorist threat to Indian, U.S., and other Western interests in South Asia and potentially elsewhere,” says the National Strategy for Counter-Terrorism released by the White House.
U.S. counter-terrorism efforts against LeT will continue to target the group’s capability to conduct or support operations detrimental to U.S. interests or regional stability, including escalating tensions between Pakistan and India, the White House said in its 19-page report.
“Much of our effort against LeT will continue to center on coordinating with, enabling, and improving the will and capabilities of partner nations, including in South Asia, Europe, and the Arabian Gulf, to counter the group and its terrorist activities,” the White House said in its report which for the first time makes public key aspects of its policy to defeat terrorism in the world.
The report is mainly focused on al Qaeda and its other affiliated terrorist groups.
‘ISI aids and abets terrorist sanctuaries’
Pakistan spy agency ISI not only aids and abets terrorist sanctuaries in the country, but also provides training and intelligence inputs to extremist outfits, a former top Pentagon General said.
Gen (rtd) Jack Keane also charged that Pakistan Army headed by General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, who once headed ISI, has been repeatedly lying to the United States on the matter.
But still, the retired American General argued that the U.S. has no other option but to have strategic partnership with Pakistan, given its significance in the war against terrorism.