Pakistan has lately often been described as the most dangerous place on earth. Terrorism seems to thrive there. The vast lawless regions are the site of terrorist camps that may be planning upcoming attacks against outside countries.
Hafiz Saeed Free in Pakistan
Al Jazeera reports that P Chidambaram, India’s interior minister, states that Pakistan “is deliberately stifling the investigation (of Mumbai attacks) by failing to follow up on the evidence.” India claims that Hafiz Saeed, the leader of Pakistan’s terrorist group, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), is clearly linked to the attacks on Mumbai in the evidence they presented to Pakistan.
Hafiz Saeed remains a free man. He was freed by Pakistan in June, 2009. Saeed is believed to be a founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba and is on the terrorist watch list of the United Nations. The UN has stated that the charity headed by Saeed, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, is a cover for the terrorists group LeT according to Reuters.
Terrorist training camps in Pakistan are also believed to still be in full operation. They may be churning out ever more future terrorists.
Al Jazeera notes that India wants Pakistan to hand over “conspirators” who should face trial for the Mumbai attacks.
Osama bin Laden Free and Believed to be in Pakistan
America has similar feelings about the belief that Osama bin Laden has spent recent years in Pakistan in the wild areas near the Afghanistan border. Most reports by terrorism experts state that Osama is probably living in Pakistan. Pakistan has seen an upswing in suicide bombings and terrorism in recent years. This may be a sign that Osama is there and working hard to destabilize the country and gain power for terrorist groups.
Pakistan has not been proactive about capturing Osama bin Laden, nor has it allowed America full ability to move in with special forces to find and capture bin Laden.
It is now eight years since the attacks of 9/11 on America. Osama bin Laden is still a free man. People who lost a beloved spouse, child, friend, or family member on 9/11 still do not have closure. As long as Osama is a free man there is always a possibility that he is plotting more attacks against America.
He remains on the FBI’s most wanted list www.fbi.gov/wanted/terrorists/fugitives.htm) There is a $25 million reward for information that helps to capture or convict Osama bin Laden. Go to www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten/fugitives/laden.htm to see information about the reward.
Is Pakistan doing enough to combat terrorism leaders? Many countries do not think so. As the anniversary of 9/11 again comes and goes the world waits and watches to see how Pakistan will or will not cooperate in capturing terrorist leaders believed to be in hiding within Pakistan’s borders.