Lashkar-e-Taiba expanding, warns US admiral

Posted By: Biswajeet Panda
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Washington DC, April 13: Beware India and beware countries of the world! That is what a top US General probably wanted to say to the Congress on April 13 when he expressed his concerns about the widening nets of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). He warned that India though still is the main target for the militant organisation, it is not the only one.

Admiral Robert Willard, head of the US military's Pacific Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee, "Unquestionably they (LeT) have spread their influence internationally and are no longer solely focused in South Asia and on India." He warned that the terror outfit is active elsewhere in the world. He also informed that the US was working in sync with India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the Maldives to contain the Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Remaining tight-lipped about the Pakistani government's involvement with the LeT, Admiral Willard said,"The discussion regarding the government of Pakistan's relationship to LeT is a very sensitive one...It's important that this particular discussion continue to take place and that we continue to work with the government of Pakistan to root out terrorism that exists within their borders."

Lashkar-e-Taiba, a terror outfit was nurtured and is still believed to be done by the Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), to spread terrorism in India. Although Pakistan has officially banned the LeT nearly a decade ago, intelligence sources around the World say that it still enjoys unabated support from the country's military and the government to a certain extent.

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