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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.


Pakistan has supported the USA all through the past 60 years. It was part of SEATO and CENTO and a frontline state during the first Afghan war. 52 countries, including the USA, the UK and others imported more than 30,000 soldiers into Pakistan to fight the USSR. These were the mujahideen that were invited to the White House by President Reagan and to Mr. Bush’s ranch in Texas. This along with the millions of Afghan refugees that streamed into Pakistan as a result of the Soviet invasion and then the decade long civil war had a huge impact on a moderate Muslim country.

The talibaan were created with the help of the CIA to stop the resurgent Russian forces and their allies in Afghanistan. Read Cooley, and George Criel (Charlie Wilson’s war)

Then all the Western countries left Afghanistan and Pakistan to fend for themselves.
This site simply propagates Pakistan-bashing and Islamphobia. Pakistan and Pakistan are left to deal with the foreign policy failures of the USA and other countries.

After 9/11 Pakistan proposed a government of national unity in Afghanistan using a mjor force from the Pashtuns. However this advice was rejected and a non-Pashtun and non-representative government based on the Northern Alliance was implaced in Pakistan. Noam Chomsky in his writings defines how democracy is installed by the US in many places around the world.

Mr. Karzai has been called the "mayor of Kabul" because he cannot venture outside the capital with or without his American bodyguards. His writ in Afghanistan is limited to none.

Heroin production which was zero during the talibaan regime has now boomed and Afghanistan is the largest producer of heroin in the world.

This drug money now supports the drug-lords and the Pashtuns, the Talibaan, and their supporters.

Today a resurgent Talibaan based with grass-root support in Afghanistan is placing the non-representative government in Kabul.

Afghan soil is being used by India, Russia and other countries to create instablility in Baluchistan.

Pakistan needs some breathing space.

Pakistan has made peace in her borders and the British have suggested that this peace plan should be emulated and duplicated across the border.

Allison ably demonstrates class,
the proper use of taqiyyah.
Now here's two more words that
Allison would like to expound further upon.
Kowtow and Dhimmitude.
Does anyone know what they mean?


This site neither engages in 'Pakistan bashing' nor sufferes from 'Islamophobia.' In many instances, in fact, we have called attention to the importance of Musharraf's significant role in the War on Terrorism. The simple fact of the matter is that he is in dire trouble inside his own country, as the Islamists encroach persistently toward Islamabad.

He has ceded land, arms and safe haven to an al-Qaeda-Taliban alliance he chooses to engage with consripts. Until he places priority here, his rag-tag troops - and Pakistan's stability - will endure significant losses.

Nor do we suffer from 'Islamophobia.' We seek to understand it and at the same time acknowledge that there are a deadly number who seek to impose their interpretation of Islam upon the world in search of an elusive caliphate.

There are different interpretations and deadly groups for some of them, from al-Qaeda's salafist view to the Iranian regime's Khomeinist view. Both seek to dominate through violence. This we soundly reject. Apply to that the label you choose, but it is decidedly not 'Islamophobic.'

Further, to embrace the view that Afghanistan poppy production under the Taliban was 'zero' is both incorrect and unrealistic. Surely you quietly acknowledge this. They justified it.

The Pakistan you say needs breathing space, quite interestingly in this context, produced billions of dollars of poppy/heroine each year. In fact, one SAAG estimate noted that as much as 80% of Pakistan's debt was incurred due to military acquisitions (including nuclear weapons development) during the 90's - and that much of this was funded by poppy/opium/heroine smuggling.

But this is nothing new. The strife in Afghanistan and the whole region has been present for centuries.

To suggest that the problems of what we now call Pakistan and the Taliban are rooted in failed US foreign policy is, quite bluntly, shallow.