- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Reports like “Khan says military flew centrifuges to North Korea,” (World, Saturday, e-edition) ring bells loud enough even for the deaf ears in the White House and Pentagon to hear.

Pakistan’s nuclear expert, Abdul Qadeer Khan, has told the Associated Press that it was Pakistan’s army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency that flew large numbers of nuclear components and materials to North Korea and further that Pakistan has stopped paramilitary attacks on the militants in its Western areas.

The attack was only a public relations exercise, as it was published well in advance to warn the militant leaders who “escaped” before the attack. Only one militant was killed, and the Pakistani forces demolished some empty houses. Taliban, al-Qaeda, L-e-T, L-e-J and other Islamic terrorist organizations control Frontier regions, North and South Waziristan and now have control over areas near Peshawar.

Pakistan’s leading English-language newspapers have published many articles and editorials recently challenging the official version of the Pakistani government regarding the contents and scope of these anti-militant operations.

Time and again, Pakistan has fooled the United States government by double-crossing President Bush and in the process also has collected billions of dollars.

The attacks from Pakistan on the U.S.- and U.K.-led coalition forces and Afghan forces will continue, and body bags will continue to come home to the United States, United Kingdom and other NATO countries. For what purpose?

Pakistan replaces militants killed in Afghanistan and keeps the pot boiling to collect a king’s ransom and more. For how long will the United States and United Kingdom let their tactical requirements trump Western strategic goals?

The United States itself fears that the next Sept. 11 will come from Pakistan’s tribal areas. Either Pakistan finally kills the militants and shuts all terrorist militant camps from all areas under its control for good or the United States should use its formidable air power and just do it for Pakistan.

The time to play games and accept Pakistan’s smooth but insincere words is over, as the clear, present and ever-increasing danger of global Islamic terrorism demands action from Mr. Bush in the interest of free democracies.

VIPUL THAKORE

London