Ambassador Sherry Rehman assures us that Pakistan has no links to terror groups. From The Express Tribune:
Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States Sherry Rehman said on Tuesday that Pakistan has no connection with the terrorist organisations that are creating unrest in the region, Express News reported.
Meanwhile Senator John McCain says that Pakistan’s premier intelligence service supports the Haqqani Network. Also from from The Express Tribune:
Former US presidential hopeful, Republican Senator John McCain says it is reprehensible that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence maintains a close relationship with the Haqqani Network that is responsible for American deaths.
Addressing a packed hall at the think tank the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC, Senator McCain said that he had sympathy for Pakistan’s military since the Pakistani government is dysfunctional, but said that it remained a “source of never ending frustration” that the ISI had a continuous relationship with the Haqqani Network, when General Kayani is responsible for appointing the head of the ISI.
And Hafiz Saeed, the emir of Lashkar-e-Taiba who is wanted by the US for involvement in multiple terror attacks, seeks protection from the US via Pakistan’s courts. From The Times of India:
Saeed filed the petition along with his brother-in-law Hafiz Abdur Rehman Makki, for whom the US has announced a $2 million bounty under its Rewards for Justice programme. Saeed and Makki contended in the petition that under Articles 4 and 9 of the Pakistani Constitution, they are free citizens, and the federal and provincial governments should be stopped from taking any “adverse action” against them under pressure from the US. They asked the court to direct the government to provide them security as their “lives were not safe” and any “mishap” could happen. Saeed and Makki further requested the court to direct the federal government to ask the US to withdraw the bounty.
As crazy as it sounds, Saeed may actually win his case, as he has done numerous times in the past when placed under a so-called house arrest. But, according to Ambassador Rehman, we shouldn’t conclude that Saeed, who lives openly in Pakistan and just recently bragged about his role in the jihad, is being supported by the Pakistani state.
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