Pakistan had long been suspected as the hiding place of Osama Bin Laden, yet the Pakistani government had constantly denied that officials were helping him to hide. However, the USA got its breakthrough and finally tracked him down in a compound at Abbottabad, Pakistan. It was a daring raid by Navy SEALs that saw OBL take a bullet in the head. Scripture says “he who lives by the sword, dies by the sword”, and thus OBL met his end in a most just way.
It needs to be pointed out that Abbottabad Pakistan is home to the military and the compound where OBL was hiding was within a very short distance from the military academy. So how can the Pakistanis claim that they were unaware of the presence of OBL? Prior to the raid on the compound another terrorist from Indonesia was captured, except we were not supposed to know that he had been captured at the time.
Pakistan seems to be teeming with Taliban operatives, Al Qaeda operatives, terrorists from Al Qaeda linked organisations, as well as other Islamists. It seems to be a great hiding place for terrorists. In fact if one looks at the rise of Islamism in Pakistan there seems to be a link to the increased presence of these same operatives. Pakistan seems to have been playing a double game with the West, and has been caught out.
Pakistan has also been playing a double game with India by protecting known terrorists. In this case the wanted man was nr 41 on a list India provided to Pakistan. Wazul Khan is accused of involvement in a train bombing near Mumbai in 2003. He was not found in Pakistan, but he was found living in a village near Mumbai. The discovery is an embarrassment for India because it gives Pakistan an out from becoming serious about the most wanted list.
India blames Pakistan-based militant groups like the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) of carrying out many of the attacks in the past years.
The question is: Does Pakistan have the will to even attempt to find these terrorists and to deal with the problem that is on their doorstep?
What will it take before Pakistan actually takes the whole terrorist threat seriously?