• search
For Quick Alerts
ALLOW NOTIFICATIONS  
For Daily Alerts

Attack on India by Lashkar, JeM will undermine US' efforts in Afghanistan

By Super Admin
|

Washington, Jan.28 (ANI): Repeat strikes on India by extremist groups like the Laskar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) will pose the biggest threat to the US' interests in Afghanistan, a leading expert has warned.

Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee about Al Qaeda and US policy, Pulitzer Prize-winner journalist and writer, Steve Coll underlined the expanding threat posed by the terror groups like Lashkar.

Coll said LeT has been recruiting highly educated people such as doctors and other postgraduate professionals in order to provide new and wider dimensions to its nefarious aims.

"If one of these sub-networks did carry out a spectacular attack, the overwhelming likelihood is that it would be directed against India, which would again raise the specter of disruptive military conflict, undermining U.S. efforts in Afghanistan," Coll said.

"The potential of these India-focused groups, with or without clandestine collaboration by Pakistani security forces to repeat or exceed the scale of the provocative attack carried out in Mumbai on November 26, 2008, presents, in my judgment, one of the most serious current threats to U.S. interests in the complex of risks and dangers posed by Al Qaeda," he added.

Coll also pointed out that despite repeated appeals from the US to take on the militants harder, the Pakistan Army is unlikely to act, as it lacks the will to do so.

"The Army also has a clear historical record of lacking the will to abandon its policies of using dangerous Islamist militias, including some affiliated with Al Qaeda, as proxies in its regional competition with India," Coll, who is currently the president and CEO of the New America Foundation, said.

"A risk facing the Obama Administration is that, in its anxiety to avoid aggravating the Pakistan Army and political establishment by making demands about Kashmir- and India-focused groups it may leave relatively unmolested the very regional networks that the evidence suggests have the talent, time and space to carry out ambitious violence, whether it is in India or elsewhere," the former Washington Post managing editor underlined. (ANI)

For Daily Alerts
Get Instant News Updates
Enable
x
Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Done
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Settings X
X
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more