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Pakistan’s double standards on terrorism exposed by US report

WASHINGTON: An annual US report on terrorism once again called out Pakistan’s two-timing on terrorism, detailing the country’s patronage of terror groups, but stopped short of citing the government or the army use of terrorism as state policy, or calling for punitive action.

Acknowledging that the Pakistani military undertook operations against groups that conducted attacks within Pakistan such as TTP, the 2014 country report on terrorism released on Friday bluntly stated that Pakistan “did not take action against other groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, which continued to operate, train, rally, propagandize, and fundraise in Pakistan.”

“Lashkar e-Taiba (LeT) and its alias organizations continued to operate freely in Pakistan, and there were no indications that Pakistan took significant enforcement actions against the group,” the report said, continuing a practice of gently indicting Pakistan for terrorism without forcing compliance or punishing it.

Instead, the John Kerry-led state department has funneled billions of dollars in aid to what its own report in effect calls a terrorism-supporting state. Most recently, the Pentagon has given a nearly $1 billion arms package to a country many of its analysts say directs killing of American soldiers in Afghanistan. Terrorists


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