Pakistan Returns 2,500 Terrorists To Jihad
In what could be the most troubling development in the War on Terror since it began, Pakistan has released nearly all of the Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorists it has had in custody since the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. Since the invasion, Pakistan has taken into custody thousands of al-Qaeda terrorists and Taliban fighters. But with Pakistan’s inability to defeat or control the Taliban-al-Qaeda alliance on the Pakistani side of the Afghanistan border, Musharraf has ceded land, arms and now all terrorists held prisoner.
The Telegraph cites Pakistani lawyers who claim that the Pakistani government has “freed 2,500 foreigners who were originally held on suspicion of having links to al-Qaeda or the Taliban over the past four years.” This number includes virtually all al-Qaeda prisoners in Pakistan’s custody, including those held for the beheading of Wall Street Journal writer Daniel Pearl.
These terrorists can now be considered on the road to return to carrying out their terrorist duties, with destinations not only in Pakistan, but around the world. Of the interviewed, one is headed to Bangladesh and the other to Algeria.
Just who is facilitating their travel is of particular note: al-Khidmat Foundation.
While the al-Khidmat Foundation is described as a “welfare organisation run by the hard-line Islamist party Jamaat-i-Islami,” it is far from that. It is the Maktab al-Khidmat, the group founded in 1980 by Usama bin Laden’s mentor and ideological inspiration, Abdullah Azzam. Its primary purpose was then and is now to serve as “a support organization for Arab volunteers for the jihad in Afghanistan” and elsewhere today. Usama bin Laden financed this group from its inception. It is from this group that al-Qaeda sprang to life in 1989.
To separate the ‘al-Khidmat Foundation’ from al-Qaeda today is to separate the Department of Transportation from the United States Federal Government. This is who the Pakistani government released the terrorists to under the guise of a charity foundation.
While NATO commanders warn of a forming new Taliban sanctuary in Afghanistan’s Farah Province along the Iran border, an already-created Taliban sanctuary exists – officially – in Pakistan along Afghanistan’s southern border.
Seeking a way out of the bloody mess in the Waziristan provinces, Pakistan ceded North Waziristan to the Taliban-al-Qaeda alliance to add to South Waziristan. Talks are ongoing for the same treatment throughout the North West Frontier Province to achieve an expansion of the forming Taliban-al-Qaeda empire, creeping persistently closer to Islamabad. But Musharraf granted far more than just land.
But, as Pakistan cedes more and more, the Taliban are failing to honor their end of the agreement on a regular basis, an agreement which contained their promise to cease kidnappings and targeted killings, particularly of Pakistani government officials.
It was indeed previously mentioned that Pakistan was releasing Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorists as part of the North Waziristan deal, but no one expected a wholesale release of nearly all imprisoned since as long ago as 2001.
At the behest of Pervez Musharraf, over 2,500 jihadis have stepped foot once again on the road to jihad. This is a potentially devastating development when considered within the context of recent Pakistani ‘terms of defeat.’
This is a nuclear power that is currently ceding swaths of its own territory to Islamic terrorists with a global reach. Seemingly in an effort to seek personal peace, its secular leader is returning thousands of able, experienced and trained terrorists to the hands of an encroaching enemy with violent religious motivation. Yet the bulk of Pakistan’s professional army stands watch over the Indian border or waging an intense and bloody war for control of Baluchistan’s natural resources. al-Qaeda seeks to control something else.
The consequences are grim and the outlook is not good.