Pakistan Must Draw the Line on Terrorists

Lisa Curtis /

New information revealing a Kashmir-focused militant group with links to Pakistani intelligence helped shield Osama bin Laden demonstrates why the U.S. must press Pakistani authorities to take a more comprehensive approach to fighting terrorism.

Pakistan has long sought to distinguish between al-Qaeda and Kashmir-focused groups it allows to function openly in Pakistani society. However, the revelations about contacts between members of Harakat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) and Osama bin Laden show Pakistan’s segmented approach to terrorism has failed miserably. In fact, it contributed to the ability of the world’s most wanted terrorist to live undetected in a military town in the heart of Pakistan. (more…)