According to Bernard Henry-Levy of the WSJ, if the Lashkar-e-Toiba was involved in last week's terror attacks on Mumbai, as claimed by India, then it is a fact that the group is Pakistan based. Levy says the Lashkar-e-Toiba is an all-terrain group and has great political influence in Pakistan. It has militants in every city of the country be it Peshawar, Muzaffarabad, Lahore or even Karachi.
"For too long we've told ourselves that al Qaeda no longer exists except as a brand; that it is only a pure signifier, 'franchised' by local organisations independent of one another, Levy said.
"There are several small terror groups which work under a single platform.The messiah of modern day terrorism Osama Bin Laden, calls it 'International Islamic Front for Jihad against Jews and Crusaders.' They are like a constellation of atoms aggregated around a central nucleus,"the Dawn quoted him, as adding.