Monday, July 18, 2016

A Case Is Made For Why Pakistan Is Not An Ally In The War Against Terrorism

President Obama's Bilateral Meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan. YouTube

Long War Journal: Pakistan: Friend or Foe in the Fight Against Terrorism?

Editor’s note: Below is Bill Roggio’s testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade and the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. A PDF of the testimony, with footnotes, can be downloaded here.

Chairman Poe and Chairman Salmon, Ranking Members Keating and Sherman, and other members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today to speak about Pakistan and its support for terrorist groups that threaten the security of the United States and its allies.

This Committee rightly asks the question of whether Pakistan is a friend or foe in the fight against terrorism. While Pakistani officials and forces have assisted the U.S. in hunting senior al Qaeda figures at times, Pakistan’s overall strategy is pro-jihadist and therefore puts it in the foe category. Pakistan does battle some terrorist groups within its borders, but it only does so because these groups pose a direct threat to the state.

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WNU Editor: As long as Pakistan keeps this brave man in jail .... Doctor who helped US in search for Osama Bin Laden jailed for 33 years (The Guardian) .... or permit terrorists like Hafiz Saeed to operate freely .... I can never accept Pakistani claims that they are serious in the war against terrorism.

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