Pakistan’s army chief and a top diplomat warned against a repeat of this week’s U.S. raid against Osama bin Laden, strongly suggesting American forces could next time face military resistance and see its intelligence cooperation with Pakistan sharply curtailed—a development that would threaten the Afghan war effort and global counter-terrorism operations.
Since Pakistan is the source of most of the terrorism in the area, this is nothing but another attempt to extort more billions from the US.
Terrorism, or the demand that money must be paid to “help dismantle” militant proxy armies is basically a form of extortion. For years, the terror-supporters within the Pakistani government have been saying to their neighbors (and to their own citizens, especially to aspiring politicians and reformers) “nice place/life you’ve got there, wouldn’t want anything to happen to it”.
If the reformers persist, something often does happen to them. The members of the Pakistani government who support the terrorists also profit from them. The reformers, and the genuine opponents of terrorism, do not.
The fact that Islamabad has been cultivating proxy armies to use against India has been staple of most news reports about the country for years. This was especially true immediately after the horrific attacks in Mumbai.
Unlike other terror supporting states, like Saudi Arabia, the Pakistani government also relies on the profits related to drug trafficking to supplement its economy. Pakistan’s ISI has known ties to the drug-linked Haqqani mob. Haqqani network members (like Nasiruddin Haqqani ) travel frequently to the Gulf to get donations for terrorist activities. From The Long War Journal:
ISAF said the Haqqani Network facilitator “was wanted for facilitating weapons and ammunition used in attacks against ANSF [Afghan National Security Forces] and International Security Assistance Forces” and “was also known to have participated in numerous IED attacks against ANSF and ISAF.” One of the three others detained “had an active warrant issued by Afghan authorities.”
ISAF would not disclose why the Haqqani Network facilitator was traveling to Saudi Arabia; an inquiry sent by The Long War Journal was not answered.
A US military intelligence official contacted by The Long War Journal said that the Haqqani operative was traveling to secure funding for weapons purchases.
Top Haqqani Network leaders are known to routinely travel to Saudi Arabia to receive funds from wealthy Saudis who back jihadist activities worldwide. This group of wealthy donors is known as the Golden Chain.
Nasiruddin Haqqani, the brother of Haqqani Network leader Sirajuddin Haqqani, is known to have traveled to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates between 2004-2009 to carry out fundraising for the Haqqani Network, al Qaeda, and the Taliban.
“As of mid-2007, [Nasiruddin] Haqqani reportedly received funding from Âdonations from the Gulf region, drug trafficking, and payments from al Qaeda,” the US Treasury Department stated in a press release that announced Nasiruddin’s addition to the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists. “In 2004, he traveled to Saudi Arabia with a Taliban associate to raise funds for the Taliban.”
It makes sense to give in to extortion if the extortionist is more powerful that you are, but the Pakistani government is weak. The many bad elements in the government have spent years making enemies abroad and within their borders. There’s no reason for us to keep enabling them…