Haqqani Network, LeT spared by army in military offensive: US report

Published: June 21, 2015
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A US State Department report on global terrorism has acknowledged that the ongoing military offensive in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency has severely dented al Qaeda’s presence in South Asia.

“Al Qaeda’s presence in the [South Asia] region continued to face pressure from international, Afghan and Pakistani forces, and Pakistan’s ongoing offensive in the North Waziristan Agency  [has] further degraded the group’s freedom to operate,” stated the Country Reports on Terrorism 2014, published by the State Department on Friday.

“South Asia remained a frontline in the battle against terrorism [in 2014]… [But] pressure on al Qaeda’s traditional safe haven has constrained its leadership’s capability to communicate effectively with affiliate groups outside of South Asia,” it said.

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The report noted that Pakistan’s military conducted ‘significant counter-terrorism operations’ in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency, while the country’s law enforcement and security agencies carried out raids in the country’s provinces.  “Security forces intercepted large stockpiles of weapons and explosives, and discovered bomb-making facilities and sophisticated telecommunication networks,” it said.

Even so, some groups continued to find space to orchestrate and launch attacks into Afghanistan and against minorities in Pakistan, the report pointed out. It said that while operations carried out by Pakistan’s military and security forces disrupted the actions of many militant outfits in the country, groups like the Afghan Taliban, the Haqqani Network and Lashkar-e-Taiba were spared by the offensive.

And while it acknowledged Pakistan as a critical counter-terrorism partner of the US, the report noted that cooperation in this regard between Islamabad and Washington in 2014 had been ‘mixed’. “Pakistan continued to deny visas for trainers focused on law enforcement and civilian counter-terrorism assistance,” it said.

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The report also stressed the need for improvement in Pakistan’s national security and law enforcement infrastructure. It said that while the government rolled out many counter-terrorism plans, it failed to implement any of them completely.

“Pakistan promulgated a National Internal Security Plan (NISP) in February 2014, but failed to implement most of initiative. The National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta), which was formed under NISP, remained ineffective throughout the year due to the budgetary and bureaucratic reasons,” it said.

The report lauded the government’s efforts to reinforce legislation against terrorism and blamed the judiciary for slow processing of terrorism and other criminal cases.

On the other hand, it lauded the efforts of Federal Bureau of Revenue to counter bulk cash smuggling and acknowledged the initiatives of Pakistan Customs, which launched the End Use Verification (EUV) project to facilitate the entry of dual-use chemicals for legitimate purposes, while also investigating and preventing the entry of chemicals intended for use in IEDs.

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At the same time, the report said, there is a need for improvement with respect to kidnapped US citizens.

Karachi in spotlight

The report noted that Karachi continued to suffer from political and ethnic violence by different groups, including militant organisations, fundamentalist groups, and the militant wings of political parties.

It added that some militant groups had garnered enough momentum to start asserting control over political parties and criminal gangs operating in the city and other areas in southern Sindh.

Global ‘terror’ death toll soared in 2014

According to the report, the global death toll from terrorism soared by 81 per cent in 2014 with more than 1,100 assaults a month.

There were 13,463 attacks in 95 countries in 2014 – up by a third from the year before – with Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan bearing the brunt of the violence.

Islamic State (IS) militants carried out the largest number of attacks, unleashing 1,083 assaults last year. The Taliban were the next most lethal group, with 894 attacks.

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  • Mahesh
    Jun 21, 2015 - 6:47AM

    In other words, Pakistan continues to support certain terrorist groups while targeting certain others. Pakistan continues to harp on being a frontline state while actively training, funding and exporting terrorism to neighboring countries. Recommend

  • ranjha
    Jun 21, 2015 - 7:40AM

    It also means, india continue to support some of the groups to destabilize pakistan, and at the samw time creating negative image of pakistan.Recommend

  • In the name of love (what more)
    Jun 21, 2015 - 9:53AM

    A lot of time pakistan’s lack of holistic and decisive action on terrorism is generally assumed as being in collusion with the terror groups. A lot of times the reason for that is incompetence. The administration remains incompetent to take decisions. Pretty much like how the Manmohan Singh govt. was in India. In pakistan’s case, the promblem is impounded ten fold coz of persistent interference of the Pakistani army in matters where clearly, the civilian govt, is the best bet to a reasonable decision. Recommend

  • LOL
    Jun 21, 2015 - 10:25AM

    @Mahesh: in other words, you do not understand what you read.Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Jun 21, 2015 - 10:45AM

    @ranjha:
    “groups like the Afghan Taliban, the Haqqani Network and Lashkar-e-Taiba were spared by the offensive.”
    Read the above line carefully, then comment. Its Pakistan that is refusing to take action and calling them “strategic assets” to be used against India as it did in Mumbai. Be prepared for tit for tat!Recommend

  • Anon
    Jun 21, 2015 - 11:23AM

    @Mahesh:
    Care to read the article??? IRecommend

  • LOL
    Jun 21, 2015 - 11:54AM

    @In the name of love: the hatred of you Indians for Pak Army and your frustration at the praise of Pak Army makes our love and trust for Pak Army even stronger. Thanks.Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Jun 21, 2015 - 12:17PM

    America Bahadur, they’re the good terrorists !!
    Just because a few statements were made in the press, it does not mean that Pakistan will go against the good terrorists – at least until the time they start to go bad. And the whole cycle repeats ad infinitum. How do you think Pakistan is always in an existential crisis even after nearly 70 years of existence?Recommend

  • Jun 21, 2015 - 12:21PM

    It’s nice to know that US is acknowledging Pakistan’s efforts and sacrifices in war against terror. But we must not forget that this report is designed and manufactured to serve US view paint. Pakistan must fight this battle the way it suits it. If we need to go after various militant outfits in a systematic manner and if that means being lenient with some and more harsh with others than that should be accepted as a strategic move. Our civilian and military leadership has already made it clear that terrorism and militancy will be eliminated completely so we must believe them and give them a chance. As for visas for US trainers are concerned… If Pakistan wants to engage US trainers then visas will be granted to them otherwise US cannot and should not try to send “trainers” by force. Pakistan military is totally capable to handling its internal security issues. India has yet to provide any evidence for the Mumbai attacks yet at the same time is openly helping Baloch separatists and militants to carry out terrorist activities in Pakistan. With realignment of Pak – Afghan relations after the departure of Karzai and CPEC India is facing tough choices to maintain its hold on the region which it has been doing try through its Intel agency RAW. But coming back to the actual and more important content of discussion here. Each country sees such operations against the terrorists with their own angle and interests in mind. So no matter how successfully Pakistan conducts these anti terror operations… It will not be able to (and nor should it try to) please or satisfy all countries… Recommend

  • shoaib
    Jun 21, 2015 - 12:25PM

    @Tony Singh

    and at the same time, your politicians continue to boast their instinct of inflicting evil and tearing countries apart. Our support for “strategic assets” is only natural when you tore our country apart once, and now prepare to slice it once more. I wonder from where you get the notion of India being the bastion of peace. The country who can’t bear the economic prosperity of its neighbors and loses its wits at every chance from which Pakistan benefits; to me that country deserves condemnation.Recommend

  • sameer
    Jun 21, 2015 - 12:32PM

    and den they ask world to trust themRecommend

  • Kolsat
    Jun 21, 2015 - 12:38PM

    @LOL: Many of you guys have not read the above news item or have not undestood or have chosen to not understand or accept what it says. It categorically says that, “..groups like the Afghan Taliban, the Haqqani Network and Lashkar-e-Taiba were spared by the offensive”. This statement suggests that the army was not able to control or destroy these terrorist outfits because they are under protection of powers greater than the army. How can the world trust Pakistan when it says that we are going to destroy the terrorists and make Pakistan free of them. Recommend

  • SLDUA
    Jun 21, 2015 - 1:01PM

    Habit die hard.Recommend

  • burki
    Jun 21, 2015 - 1:18PM

    It only proves that what ever we do would remain insufficient for our Masters….so its time we take independent decesions….by this i never wana say that we spare terrorists ….but we need to be bit more independent of such articles and reports and try to do wat is best for Pak…..we must route out terrorism from our land to be at ease…that should be our priority one rest aallll comes at the last…..LONG LIVE PAKISTAN……..Recommend

  • insaf
    Jun 21, 2015 - 1:28PM

    @Tony Singh

    LOL why are you pretending as if India is the torchbearer of peace? India supported the brutal LTTE movement in Sri Lanka for decades which resulted in the deaths of thousands. Pakistan only supported some groups in the past to counter India’s influence which was a direct threat to its own survival.

    Last time I checked, Sri Lanka wasnt an existential threat to India. And yet, the Indian authorities supported terrorists there that killed thousands.Recommend

  • Jun 21, 2015 - 1:30PM

    @Tony Singh:
    Wasn’t Mumbai an inside job?Recommend

  • Shaikh Mohommad
    Jun 21, 2015 - 2:38PM

    Bottom line is that USA decides what happens in Pakistan. US Military aid ensures that Pakistan Army carries out the American agenda. The American agenda is to continue the war so that everyone is busy and occupied. The end will come only when Pakistan stops taking orders from Washington.Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Jun 21, 2015 - 2:46PM

    @Asad:

    “Wasn’t Mumbai an inside job?”

    Yeah it was masterminded by the people sitting inside Pakistan abetted and supported by Pakistan establishment.Recommend

  • NITS
    Jun 21, 2015 - 2:52PM

    @asad if Mumbai is an inside job then APC school attack was an inside job too, to take over most of the powers from your civilian authorities, by your establishment.Recommend

  • unbelievable
    Jun 21, 2015 - 2:56PM

    Afghan Taliban, the Haqqani Network and Lashkar-e-Taiba were spared by the offensive
    .
    Is there any doubt that this is true? While we have read numerous statements from the military that there is no such thing as a good terrorist … one year into the offensive and we have not witnessed a single attack against the Haqqani., you know the terrorist that actually controlled/dominated N Waziristan.
    .
    The term DUPLICITOUS comes to mind – nobody believes what Pakistan says .. for good reason.Recommend

  • ravi
    Jun 21, 2015 - 3:26PM

    @insaf:
    Yes there was considerable support from Tamil nadu govt to LTTE due to tamils being involved in the problems. India has suffered hard by loosing an Ex PM.

    Similarly in Indian Punjab, the then indian PM flirted with terror, leading to her death. The death and carnage was brought in control after considerable loss of life and property. India learnt the hard way.

    Bangladesh is different story and need not be discussed.

    Playing with terror will only lead to hands burning. Recommend

  • Anon
    Jun 21, 2015 - 3:29PM

    @NITS:
    R u accepting that there was an Indian hand in APS attack?Recommend

  • curious2
    Jun 21, 2015 - 3:43PM

    Disappointing but not surprising. Pakistan has a history of saying the right things but not following up with actions … it’s one of the reasons that their own allies tend to reserve comment until they see Pakistan actually perform. Unfortunately this report may set back progress made with Afghanistan and will further tarnish Pakistan’s international reputation. This report may help explain why the military continues to refuse to allow journalist inside N Waziristan.Recommend

  • A J Khan
    Jun 21, 2015 - 3:48PM

    Everyone on his own. Pakistan does not need your advice & priority. It is operating against groups which are immediate threat and will subsequently move against other groups. Comments of Indians on this paper are of no value to decision makers in Pakistan. They are advised to seek time from their elected representatives to improve their lot in India.Recommend

  • ajeet
    Jun 21, 2015 - 4:19PM

    Pakistan is a playground of the entire worldRecommend

  • NITS
    Jun 21, 2015 - 4:26PM

    @ anon

    Pity on ur understanding.. & don’t have time & energy to explain my comment to the nerds. Don’t worry, intelligent will understand i am refering to those hv a history of coups & takeover in their country.Recommend

  • Shaikh Mohommad
    Jun 21, 2015 - 4:44PM

    @ajeet:
    But who is responsible for this state of affairs? The Army or the Government? US drone strikes continue and the Army is silent. why?Recommend

  • Menon
    Jun 21, 2015 - 5:13PM

    Both are strategic assets to destabilize Afghanistan later.Recommend

  • Sarwar
    Jun 21, 2015 - 5:38PM

    First why is it being assumed that if the american have said it, it must be true. That is despite the fact that everybody knows that US would like to do whatever it can to exert pressure on Pakistan to do the work the which they don’t want to do themselves for being too risky. Second, even if the report is true. Let the army decide on how to handle the enemies according to its own strategy. The army haters would like it to open too many fronts and therefore fail. When failing is not an option for the army, Pakistan or for the entire world.Recommend

  • Lord of the Ring
    Jun 21, 2015 - 5:41PM

    and what about US negotiating with Afghan Taliban !!??

    We were always told by US that Taliban were terroristsRecommend

  • Sandip
    Jun 21, 2015 - 6:15PM

    @Faraz J Karamat: There is no end to either being delusional or being in denial. Both of which are characteristics that Pakistanis are excelling at.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 21, 2015 - 6:55PM

    Pakistan army will eliminate all terrorists one by one. It would have been a big mistake if it had opened all fronts at the same time. Have some patience and wait for the right moment. So far we are destroying the product, sooner or later we will destroy those factories where product is made. Recommend

  • Stewart J
    Jun 21, 2015 - 7:03PM

    Pakistan is already on thin ice. They should be careful about playing these games. It could turn out to be very expensive. As it is, the damage done by Abbotabad has not been counted yet.Recommend

  • Haider
    Jun 21, 2015 - 8:34PM

    @Tony Singh
    First stop Raw involvement in Pakistan then we ll tackle LTE…It cant happen that you continue your activities and we tackle LTERecommend

  • objective observer
    Jun 21, 2015 - 9:24PM

    Seems like the only people the Pakistani gov’t are fooling are themselves. Recommend

  • Haasan
    Jun 21, 2015 - 10:37PM

    At least Pakistan hasnt sent those terrorists into kashmir like before. Recommend

  • IY
    Jun 21, 2015 - 11:13PM

    Pakistan shall do whatever is in its best interest. There is not a single other state in this world who is supporting Pakistan in its current war against these terrorists. The current offensive against the terrorists need not to be across the board as long as Pakistan’s best interests are protected.Recommend

  • observer
    Jun 21, 2015 - 11:23PM

    So, the good terrorists are excluded from elimination. So, the cycle of today’s good terrorists breeding tomorrow’s bad terrorists will continue. Little that the Pakistani establishment understands that both the good and bad terrorists form the roots the same poisonous tree. Recommend

  • hellboy
    Jun 21, 2015 - 11:44PM

    The same strategic asset will one day torn apart Pakistan.Remember the karma of now will bite you in future may be after 10-20 years.What Pakistan did in Afghan and in Kashmir is getting with extra bonus . Recommend

  • usman777
    Jun 21, 2015 - 11:44PM

    you know where we learned that terrorists can be “good”… from mukti bahini.Recommend

  • Shuaib Bhat
    Jun 22, 2015 - 12:31AM

    That part about Let and Haqqani Network being spared wasn’t even there.

    ET is paid Indian/US propaganda outlet. Show the exact text, oh wait, you can’t! Cause it doesn’t exist!!Recommend

  • Haider
    Jun 22, 2015 - 1:09AM

    The report did not say that they are spared by Military the report infact states
    “Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network leadership continued to find safe haven inPakistan and although the country’s military operations disrupted the actions of these groups, it did not directly target them”..
    How can Pakistan open all the fronts at same time but it also said it disrupted the actions of these groupsRecommend

  • Haider
    Jun 22, 2015 - 1:43AM

    @Stewart J
    This is what report says
    Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network leadership continued to find safe haven inPakistan and although the country’s military operations disrupted the actions of these groups, it did not directly target themRecommend

  • Eagle Strike
    Jun 22, 2015 - 2:52AM

    @Sandip:
    This motto from indies is very old “delusional, denial”. First try to reduce your 330 million gods, then talk about your motto. We won’t forget the death of 50,000 Pakistanis by your supported terrorists. Its just matter of time. Recommend

  • Eagle Strike
    Jun 22, 2015 - 2:55AM

    @Stewart J:
    You should better google mcain and al-baghdadi, playing games? yeah I know americanos and indies excel at this and fail all the time while we will do what suits us the best.Recommend

  • Anon
    Jun 22, 2015 - 3:17AM

    @NITS:
    Sounds funny when u talk about intelligence just when ur trying to dodge my question…..Recommend

  • Cool Henry
    Jun 22, 2015 - 3:19AM

    @Shaikh Mohommad:
    Once Pakistan stops taking orders from US, it will then start dancing to China’s tunes blindly. ‘Coz there’s nothing on the horizon that suggests Pakistani military will go back to barracks. As long as they out of their barracks, they will continue to wreak havoc not only in Pakistan but all over the world.Recommend

  • Cool Henry
    Jun 22, 2015 - 3:23AM

    @Anon:
    Pakistani establishment claims to have solved the crime and even killed some of the perpetrators. So, you do not believe Pakistani Army words?Recommend

  • Human
    Jun 22, 2015 - 3:28AM

    @NITS:
    lol, what hav u been smokingRecommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Jun 22, 2015 - 5:31AM

    And Pakistanis wonder why Drone Strikes against those beloved Good Taliban Haqqani Assets continue!!!
    I am sure that the Afghan government will now have no trouble deciding that “supporting” the Bad Taliban along the Durrand Line is now in their interest, along with militarily aligning themselves with India, since Pakistan was never serious about giving up their Good Taliban Assets that are only used to destabilize Pakistan’s neighbors!Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jun 22, 2015 - 5:36AM

    @Ch. An llah Daad:

    You are a day dreamer Sir; what the Marines and the seals could not do, you reckon that Pakistani soldiers have any interest to take on the hard core waziris?

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Kolsat
    Jun 22, 2015 - 5:49AM

    @insaf: So according to you because India supported LTTE in Sri Lanka an LTTE assasin killed Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi and few others by blowing herself. What great logic you have. You deserve to be a Pakistani politician. Well done Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Jun 22, 2015 - 7:31AM

    @Kolsat:
    The facts are, a section of South Indian State of Tamil Nadu was supporting tamils in in Lanka. Even in Tamil Nadu many were against supporting the Tamils of Sri Lanka, I am a Tamil speaking myself and was against India supporting Tamils of Sri Lanka who were demanding to break away from Sri Lanka and join Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The Central Government in New Delhi was not supporting Sri Lanka Tamils. Then when the government changed in Tamil Nadu and Rajiv Gandhi became the Prime Minister, he reversed it and invited the Sri Lankan rebel leader Pirabakharan to India for discussions. Pirabakharan visited New Delhi and held discussions with Indian government. He was thinking that India invited him to extend support for his group but when he found out that India was trying to force him to abandon his cause (some reports say that Indian government even kept him under confinement for some time to force him), be felt betrayed. When he went back to Sri Lanka he organized assassination of Rajiv Gandhi with the help of some of his supporters in India’s Tamil Nadu. This turned the section in Tamil Nadu who were earlier supporting him to turn up against him and he lost even the little bit of support he had. Recommend

  • Sandip
    Jun 22, 2015 - 7:40AM

    @Eagle Strike: You can credit the 50,000 to the likes of hamid gul and his cohorts. But don’t stop your counter. The real counting is yet to begin.Recommend

  • komal s
    Jun 22, 2015 - 8:18AM

    @shoaib:
    Everybody knows India intervened to liberate Bangladesh. We had over 3 crore refugees and increasing. No nation was going to keep quiet. Pakistan overplayed its US support and also over estimated its perceived superiority of its Muslim soldiers over Hindu soldiers. Finally it gave scant respect to the will of the majority and paid huge price for it. Recommend

  • chill
    Jun 22, 2015 - 11:20AM

    All of this point to what Pakistan really needs to focus on. Economical independence and success.

    Other countries matter less (it pays to develop Business partnerships). Fighting anyone is not going to help. The days of Alexander, Ghazni, the Mughal empire are over – attacking any other country or section of people only brings misery to all (including you). Recommend

  • rajesh
    Jun 22, 2015 - 12:17PM

    Sooner Pakistan is dismembered,the better for its neighbours as well as Pakistan’s own minorities.A nation of irrationals ,bigots has no future except to implode from within,Pakistan is a classical case study of how religion and excessive zeal for it can destroy a nation , should be a red flag for India so as not to make religion central to your existenceRecommend

  • Anon
    Jun 22, 2015 - 12:38PM

    @Cool Henry:
    I was asking what @NITS was implying …go read what he saidRecommend

  • Muhammad
    Jun 22, 2015 - 1:19PM

    @Raj – USA:
    So it was good move by Rajive Ghandi to try and weaken Tamil brotherhood otherwise if the situation continued Tamils would get united and demand independence both from India and Sri Lanka. And with so many insurgencies already active, including the major J&K thorn , this would have become an other pain in Indian asz( opse my french!).

    India’s problems are not over yet particularly concerning Kashmir! It can continue to bleed and enjoy a relative period of relief, pending some serious development once Pakistan is done with its current challenges.

    You sound a real Tamil who, despite belonging to other corner of India, far removed from any geographical approximation to Pakistan, who writes so extensively on this page. Do you have any employment to occupy your time…..or is it just a reflection of your typical Pakistan related Indian misery?Recommend

  • Sandip
    Jun 24, 2015 - 4:49AM

    @Muhammad: It’s a lesson for you. No matter where we are from, we are Indians. And all these insurgencies in India that you keep talking about? Have some shame. We are running a country of over 1.2 billion people and going from strength to strength. And you people couldn’t even run a country with a third of that size. And then you go crying that India broke you up.Recommend

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