Washington, May 5 (ANI): Even though Faisal Shehzad, who has been accused of plotting the failed Times Square bombing, has claimed that he was acting 'alone' and not on behalf of any terror organisation, US policymakers have their task cut out, which is to convince Pakistan to deal firmly and unambiguously with all extremist organisations operating from its soil, including the ones targeting India.
According to Lisa Curtis, a senior research fellow for South Asia in the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation, Washington must make Islamabad take tangible action against all extremist organisation operating from terror hot beds situated in the country's lawless tribal regions.
Curtis stressed that Pakistan cannot make distinctions among terror groups, which it had been doing so far.
"The increasing fluidity and cross-pollination of the different terrorist groups in Pakistan makes it no longer possible to make distinctions between those groups targeting India and those targeting the rest of the world, including Pakistan itself," Curtis said.
She noted that due to the fact that several terror attacks and plots in the US, Europe and India in the last five years have had a Pakistani link, the focus of the investigations needs to turn to Shahzad's activities during his five-month stay in Pakistan, which may have been critical in both motivating and technically preparing him to carry out the attempted attack.
The case of David Coleman Headley, who scouted sites for November 2008 Mumbai attacks and was arrested in Chicago in October 2009, is a prime example of the need for U.S. investigators to run down leads inside Pakistan, Curtis said.
She, however, said that although it is too early to speculate on Shahzad's connections to international terrorist networks, it is clear that the U.S. will need to work closely with Pakistan's uthorities to run down any leads inside that country. (ANI)