War on Terrorism

Monday, December 22, 2008

Mullen Discusses Anti-terror Efforts With Pakistani Leaders

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

Dec. 22, 2008 - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff thanked Pakistani military and intelligence officials here today for their continued efforts to fight
terrorism. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen met with Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, chief of the Army Staff, and Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, director-general of Pakistan's interservice intelligence agency.

Mullen stopped by Islamabad after talks in Afghanistan with President Hamid Karzai.

Officials speaking on background said the chairman would discuss "ongoing efforts against extremists, particularly those responsible for the Mumbai attacks" in November.

The Pakistani government has taken steps to break up the group believed responsible for the attacks that held the Indian financial center hostage for three days. The attacks killed almost 200 people and wounded many more. Pakistani officials have arrested members of Lashkar-e-Taiba and other extremist groups involved with the attacks.

In the wake of the attacks, Mullen visited leaders in Pakistan and India. During a Pentagon news conference Dec. 10, Mullen said safe havens in the ungoverned areas of Pakistan allowed the terrorists to plan and train for the attacks in Mumbai.

This is the chairman's seventh visit to Pakistan since assuming office in October 2007.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Let's be clear here that pakistan is a "terrorist state" and never have any illusion that it is going to be any different.We have made a grave blunder by suggesting in the international fora that "Pakistan is also a victim of terror." We should stop interviewing leaders from that country who mouth the same inanities that "you have not produced any proof."Let us not fall into the trap of providing proof to the culprits. More than 100 acts/attempts of terror recorded in the world since 9/11 have had their roots in Pakistan. More than 40% of the prisoners in Guantanamo are Pakistanis.

We should categorically, unambiguously, unequivocally boycott Pakistan in all aspects for a decade or more. Pakistan is the only territory in the world where an army has a whole country under its control. The state policy of Pakistan is terrorism and their single-point programme of existence is to destroy India.