Can Pakistan take on the Lashkar-e-Taiba?

By Reuters Staff
June 21, 2009

If Pakistan’s battle against the Taliban seems difficult, a much tougher challenge lies ahead: deciding what to do about the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group it once nurtured to fight India in Kashmir.PAKISTAN/

For security analysts, the two questions are whether the army and ISI can close down the LeT, and if they want to do so — the assumption being that this would have to be done by the country’s powerful military rather than the civilian government.

Analysts say the army may be rethinking its attitude to militants after it lost control of the Pakistani Taliban, which overran the Swat valley and began encroaching on Punjab.

But giving up the LeT, seen as a “force multiplier” in the event of an invasion by India — rather like citizens trained in civil defence — would be another step altogether.

Would Pakistan army turn against the LeT?


For sure, pakistan won’t take on lashkar-e-taiba. Because, it is pakistan’s main armed force and government itself under the control of lashkar-e-taiba.

Posted by kiran kumar | Report as abusive

The only way the Lashkar-e-Taiba can be destroyed by is by taking military action against it.Such groups which form a power center in Pakistan cannot be destroyed by filing criminal cases against them ( It was Military force not criminal proceeding that defeated the LTTE and Taliban ) . The Pakistan army will not take military action against these groups as they have been at the center of Pakistan’s Security and Foreign policy from the last two decades.The only way to destroy these groups is for the Indian Armed forces to take military action against them. I have always felt that the military option is the last option for a country to take however in this case the means justifies the end. There can be no peace in the subcontinent unless these groups are destroyed. Destroying these groups will also remove the last hurdle to the establishment of Democracy in Pakistan, help reach a solution on Kashmir and bring prosperity to the subcontinent .

Posted by Abhi | Report as abusive

You’ve got to be kidding. Pakistan do anything against terrorists and rebels well – right. So far they have always demonstrted the incredible inability to defend themselves and get anything done toward the idea of democracy and peace withing the country. To believe they do not know where to find these leaders of the opposition is naive.

Posted by Greg Mills | Report as abusive

If not a creation of Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba has support of some of the military in Pakistan. Like the United States creating Saddam Hussein in Iraq (to give one example of the many dictators we prop up, Pakistan has in some sense created its own monster so to speak. Removing that “life support” for Lashkar-e-Taiba in Pakistan will not be easy as there are many, many vested interests in seeing Lashkar-e-Taiba continue to cause problems for Pakistan’s much larger neighbor (and for most of their history – rival) India. I hope the pragmatism that has resulted in cross border buses between India and Pakistan controlled Kashmir continues. If Pakistan can reign in Lashkar-e-Taiba there is a chance India and Pakistan can become large trading partners and some of the limited resources now being allocated to each nations military can be used for much better longer term investments, for example better infrastructure, for example roads without tolls – hint hint leaders of India and Pakistan …. Lets please break the cycle of violence and reaction and build ties between two nations with great potential.Just my 2 cents but with a reality check haha …Ronn Ritke


well, i feel that till they (Pakistan) do some miracle to prove that they are acting against these terrorist out-fit, it doesn’t seem as though they will take on LeT. It has never taken some concrete steps to see to that, these kind of out-fits are crushed completely. we see that such organizations easily come out and continue their so called service to the society (which is merely killing innocent people) in a new name, and the Pakistani government doesn’t show even the slightest of bothering for such moves, as if they are not aware of it. There definitely is a nexus between government and these organizations. At the outset, a sea change has to happen within the Pakistani government setup to eradicate LeT and such organizations!

Posted by bala | Report as abusive

well,i think Pakistan has taken all measure to fight against terrorism,so many Army soldiers has been killed in this bloody battle which is not actually pakistan war but America.And as far as LeT is concerned if they are terrorist then what the hell 6,00,000 Indian Army troops are doing in Kashmir? killing innocent kashmiries for no reason but no1 look at them and when these organization stand against their brutalities then they(Mujahideen) are called terrorist.I think this whole drama s been set up by US to de stabilise Pakistan which they think is biggest threat for them bcoz its a 1st and largest Nuclear state.and these whole Talibnization Mehsud and all bastereds are sent by US itself who are funded by India Israel and US itself just to de stablise Pakistan but it never gonna happen as pakistan is a sovereign state all pakistan need is a good leader like ahmed nijad who can stand up and look in eyes of Jews and US.

Posted by Azmat | Report as abusive

pakistan will do what needs to be done against the taliban in swat and waziristan because they are a threat to pakistan. the lashkar-e-taiba is not a threat to pakistan (only to its ties with india) hence its not going to happen. unless the LeT goes ahead with an own goal of turning on pakistan, in which case they wont know what hit them.

Posted by zulfi qadir | Report as abusive

India should do everything to assist the civilian government of Pakistan, once the Pakistani’s realize that India is not a threat to them militarily the people of Pakistan will demand an end to these terrorist infrastructures, the average Pakistani is also fed up with these idiots.They also are not safe from their fanatical thinking and terrorist acts.

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