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May 31, 2011 Special Dispatch No. 3880

Pakistani Writers Examine Pakistani Military's Links with Al-Qaeda Militants

May 31, 2011
Pakistan | Special Dispatch No. 3880

In the wake of the May 22-23 terror attack on PNS Mehran, which is the Pakistani Navy's headquarters in Karachi, several Pakistani writers examined the Pakistani military's inability to effectively fight against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan.

In an article titled "Al-Qaeda and Pakistan Army," noted journalist Khaled Ahmed wondered if there could be desertions in the Pakistani military if it decided to effectively fight against Al-Qaeda. Ahmed examined how the Pakistan Army's focus on India prevents it from confronting pro-Al-Qaeda elements within the military.

In another report titled "The Spectre of Islamist Infiltration," Pakistani blogger Raza Rumi narrated cases of Pakistani military officers who have been arrested and dismissed from service over their links with terror groups in recent years. Rumi also cited several incidents of Al-Qaeda militants being arrested from Karachi in 2010. ...

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