LeT, JuD trying to acquire WMDs, claims book

Jamal noted that the Pakistan Army has used the jihadist groups against India and Afghanistan mostly in time of peace.

By: Press Trust of India | Washington | Published:June 30, 2014 12:29 am

Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and its front group Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) are trying to acquire weapons of mass destruction, in addition to developing air and sea power, a new book claims. The book also claims that JuD has grown more stronger since November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks with the support of the Pakistani Army.

“It is known that the JuD has been acquiring sea and air power. However, what is less known is that it is also trying to acquire weapons of mass destruction (WMDs),” US-based Pakistani author Arif Jamal writes in his book titled Calls for Transnational Jihad: Lashkar-e-Taiba 1985-2014.

“The JuD believes it is likely to acquire access to nuclear technology by not going against the Pakistani State. It may come sooner than we con imagine given the JuD’s ability to realise its plans systematically and cool headedly,” he writes in the book that runs into more than 260 pages. Jamal concludes that the Pakistan government is unlikely to take any action against LeT or JuD or its leader Hafeez Saeed mainly because of the goal of its army and the spy agency ISI which is to bleed India in times of peace and avoid war.

Jamal noted that the Pakistan Army has used the jihadist groups against India and Afghanistan mostly in time of peace. “The goal has been to bleed India in times of peace.”  The US last week named JuD as a “foreign terrorist organisation”, a status that freezes any assets it has under American jurisdiction.

Noting that the West’s efforts to get Pakistan act against the JuD seems at best half-hearted, Jamal writes the military raised jihadist organisations to fight its jihad in Kashmir and later in Afghanistan.

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