There appears to be a great deal of discomfort within the Lashkar-e-Tayiba today. It no longer appears to be that outfit which can continue to have its way with the Pakistan establishment.
While Pakistan has refused to act against the chief of the outfit, Hafiz Saeed who continues to roam around freely, there are indications that suggest he does not enjoy the backing that he used to have a few years back.
This brings us to a very pertinent question- "is Pakistan killing the Frankenstein Monster that it once created?" Pakistan has realised that it cannot on one hand speak about fighting terror and on the other hand let the Lashkar-e-Tayiba or the Jaish-e-Mohammad function.
What has effected this change?
Indian Intelligence Bureau officials say that unlike the scenario a year back, the Pakistan establishment does not appear to be approving strikes that the Lashkar-e-Tayiba is planning. We are not trying to indicate that Pakistan has completely cut itself off from the Lashkar-e-Tayiba but the bonhomie of the past is clearly not there.
There are a couple of factors that has brought about this change. First and foremost, China has sought an assurance from Pakistan about the safety of its investments. China has been investing heavily in Pakistan and in such an event does not want any trouble from these militant groups.
Pakistan may not strike at these militant groups, but is attempting to weaken them in due course of time. Weakening such groups would be not providing financial or logistic help officials say.
The other point that must be noticed here is that India has been making attempts to bring about some amount of sanity in the relations with Pakistan. Former Research and Analysis Wing Chief, C D Sahay tells OneIndia that there is need to continue talking to Pakistan.
Pakistan too realises that if India is ready to talk then it would expect some amount of action against groups such as the Lashkar-e-Tayiba which have primarily targeted India. There was a time when the ISI would ensure that the Lashkar-e-Tayiba got what it wanted.
Take for instance the planning and execution of the 26/11 attacks at Mumbai. The Lashkar-e-Tayiba was on the verge of a break up, but this attack was approved by the ISI so that the flock stayed together. This has been the nature of every terrorist group. They tend to stand united only when a big attack is carried out.