Enough. Pakistan must shed hypocrisy, give up support to all kinds of terror

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Published: February 17, 2017 11:33:27 AM

If you breed terror, it will come to bite you from somewhere else. Pakistan should have learnt this by now, but the country remains in denial mode.

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If you breed terror, it will come to bite you from somewhere else. Pakistan should have learnt this by now, but the country remains in denial mode, even as the country is getting ripped apart by terrorists from within. An ISIS attack on a Sufi shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan town of Jamshoro district in Pakistan’s southern Sindh Province killed 72 people and injured 200 others. This was the latest in a series of attacks the country has faced in the last few days.

According to reports, in the last five days around 101 people have been killed and over 300 others injured in seven bomb blasts across Pakistan. The country has blamed “hostile” powers for executing these attacks from terror sanctuaries in Afghanistan. In response to Thursday’s attack, Pakistan has closed its border between Afghanistan and Pakistan and vowed action. But will it be enough? The biggest irony of Pakistan is that it has focussed on dealing with terrorists coming from the west, but remains happy about those it itself unleashes on India.

Pakistan continues to covertly support and sponsor terror elements to carry forward its anti-India agenda. The recent drama surrounding the house of wanted LeT terrorist Hafiz Saeed is an example. Not just Saeed, Pakistan provides shelter to other wanted terrorists like JeM chief Masood Azhar and even underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

Pakistan often accuses India of falsely implicating in terror cases. But the Islamic country’s lies and hypocrisy are exposed to the world like never before. A recent report by Brussels-based International Crisis Group has called Pakistan’s financial capital Karachi as the hub of anti-India terror groups. According to the report, these terror groups enjoy the support of Pakistan Army. Some of the terror groups that found succour in Karachi’s madrassas are Lashkar-e-Taiba, its parent organisation Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Maulana Masood Azhar’s Jaish-e-Mohammad and anti-Shia group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. These groups openly run madrassas and the so-called charities, to fuel their terror agenda, and are never opposed by the government.

According to an AP report, the Islamic State group has expanded its presence in Pakistan in the last few years and has claimed a number of deadly attacks, including a suicide bombing at another shrine in November 2016 that killed more than 50 people.

The recent attack by ISIS has been condemned by the international community. It is time Pakistan should shed its hypocrisy and deal with all kinds terror elements in the same manner.

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