Security forum: Chances of another 9/11 ruled out

Published: July 27, 2012
''It’s not impossible, but very difficult for al Qaeda in Pakistan to launch an attack outside its borders.' PHOTO: AFP/FILE

''It’s not impossible, but very difficult for al Qaeda in Pakistan to launch an attack outside its borders.' PHOTO: AFP/FILE


Former US National Counterterrorism Centre (NCTC) director Michael Leiter has said that the US has greatly reduced the chance of another 9/11 style attack emanating from Pakistan.

Speaking at a session on the role of the NCTC at the Aspen Security Forum and accompanied by current director Matthew Olsen, Leiter said that the US has been doing very well in terms of gains against al Qaeda in Pakistan.

“It’s not impossible, but very difficult for al Qaeda in Pakistan to launch an attack outside its borders,” said Leiter.

Olsen said that the issues with Pakistan are much broader than just counterterrorism. He added that the country faced political, military and security challenges.

David Sanger, author of Conceal and Confront and moderator of the session, asked the two about the threat of nuclear arms falling into the hands of militants in Pakistan.

Leiter said that that possibility remained a concern, and that both countries in the past had worked on the issue. He added that in a country that had militants launching sophisticated attacks on military installations, the US had reason to be concerned.

The Aspen Security Forum will feature speakers from current and former US administrations. Ambassadors from Pakistan and Afghanistan are also scheduled to address the forum.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 27th, 2012. 

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Maher
    Jul 27, 2012 - 10:50AM

    Inshallah !!


  • Zeeshan HAider
    Jul 27, 2012 - 10:52AM

    Another Drama script is being written?


  • Raw is War
    Jul 27, 2012 - 11:03AM

    which means there might be something serious happening.


  • Ali
    Jul 27, 2012 - 11:22AM

    Yeah, the US has made sure that all future attacks only happen inside Pakistan, although not a single Pakistani was involved in 9/11.

    What a shame that for oil US can side with Saudi when most if not all attackers of 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia.

    Shame on the US of A!!!!


  • Faysal
    Jul 27, 2012 - 12:34PM

    The arab alqaeda carried out 9/11 then why are you killing hapeless afghans??


  • Enlightened
    Jul 27, 2012 - 12:57PM

    Its not US but most of the countries in this region are deeply concerned about nukes in Pakistan falling into the wrong hands. However, chances of another 9/11 happening in the West is extremely remote but the same cannot be ruled out in Pakistan, keeping in view of presence of large number of religious extremist groups in this country who are bent upon enforcing Sharia in Pakistan.


  • Hammad
    Jul 27, 2012 - 1:14PM

    Actually, the US needed to bomb the place that spreads this ideology of terrorism, the same place most of the 9/11 attackers were from. Otherwise, there will always be this threat.


  • Ali
    Jul 27, 2012 - 1:28PM

    yeah most of the countries (INDIA – ISRAEL) give us a break.i think you should have some concerns about nukes gone missing in india(if you want i can give you ref or you can google and check it) nothing like that has happened in Pakistan though.We very well know how to defend our nukes. Our existence relies on them and our security wont let anything happen to them.


  • Salman
    Jul 27, 2012 - 1:38PM

    From Pakistan? Was the first 9/11 being organised from Pakistan? Hypocritical Americans. All they know is how to destroy countires and kill people, when they say human rights, they mean american rights.


  • Jul 27, 2012 - 2:00PM

    There is a high chance of false flag in London Olympics. Be wary of drills in London.


  • nasir
    Jul 27, 2012 - 2:47PM

    @Salman: Was uncle Osama living in Pakistan? , is the leadership of the taliban living in pakistan? , is almost every terrorist plot around the globe have some connection to pakistan? , do most individuals cross into afganistan from pakistan? – grow up!


  • Waqas Butt
    Jul 27, 2012 - 2:59PM

    There is a danger that now the same regime who was behind 9/11 is trying to execute some destructive plan at London Olympics to pursue their evil agenda.


  • Hammad
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:17PM

    If we break our ties with terrorists, the world and Pakistan would be a safer place. Nobody would worry about our nukes then.


  • Someone
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:55PM

    @nasir: “uncle Osama” was living in Afghanistan. The leadership of the Taliban was living in Afghanistan. 9/11 was planned in Afghanistan. After American invasion, militants crossed over from Afghanistan into Pakistan – and hence the mess we see today.

    Hope that answers your questions and short memory..


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