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Pak should break links with terror elements: Expert

Observing that Pakistani security officials support and guide terrorists in their activities, a South Asian expert on Wednesday said the country needs to “fully break” its links with extremist groups if it wants to avoid a collision with the US in the coming months.

world Updated: Apr 01, 2009 10:36 IST

Observing that Pakistani security officials support and guide terrorists in their activities, a South Asian expert on Wednesday said the country needs to “fully break” its links with extremist groups if it wants to avoid a collision with the US in the coming months.

“Without a shift away from Pakistan’s dual policies of fighting some terrorists and supporting others, US-Pakistani ties will be destined for a collision course,” Lisa Curtis, Senior Research Fellow for South Asia at The Heritage Foundation’s Asia Studies Center, wrote in an article.

Referring to a recent news article in The New York Times on ISI’s support to the Taliban, Curtis said there is growing recognition in the US that Pakistan’s contacts with these groups involve much more than merely “keeping tabs” on them.

“There is mounting evidence that Pakistani security officials support, and even guide, the terrorists in their activities,” she said.

“This disturbing fact was brought home last spring when US intelligence agencies apparently intercepted messages in which Pakistani army chief General Kayani referred to Afghan militant commander Jalaluddin Haqqani as a ‘strategic asset´,” Curtis said.

Released in Washington by The Heritage Foundation, the article first appeared in The News International, Pakistan.