US officials recently praised Pakistan for taking the fight to extremist groups in its midst. Now, a report from the RAND Corp. says some official elements in Pakistan are still thwarting counterterrorism efforts – and that the US should withhold some aid as a result.
Pakistan, you say, is mounting a full-court press to defeat the home-grown extremist groups targeting regional governments – and even the US?
Not so fast.
Three months after US officials showered praise – and dollars – on Pakistan’s government and military for unprecedented offensives against the Taliban and Al Qaeda-aligned subversives, evidence is strong that some official elements in Pakistan are still working with and protecting the extremist networks in its midst, says a new study by the RAND Corp.
Not only is the US failing to get the bang that it should for the billions of dollars in military and civilian development aid it has approved for battling Pakistan’s Islamist extremists, the report says. But those groups are also extending their reach far beyond Pakistan, as the failed May Day car bombing in New York’s Times Square suggests, the report adds.
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