Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has come out in support of the terror groups, the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD), saying they were the biggest force against the Indian Army in Kashmir. Speaking on Pakistan's ARY News, Musharraf said, "I am the biggest supporter of the LeT and I know they like me and the JuD also likes me." He further said he liked the global terrorist, JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, and had met him. The former president added he was always in favour of terrorist action in Kashmir, and the LeT and the JuD were the biggest forces to take on the Indian Army in the state."I was always in favor of action in Kashmir and of suppressing the Indian Army in Kashmir and they [LeT] are the biggest force," Musharraf said.He also accused India of declaring the LeT and the JuD as terror groups with the help of the United States."India got them declared as terrorists by partnering with the US," Musharraf said, adding," Yes, they [LeT] are involved in Kashmir and in Kashmir it is, between, we [Pakistan] and India."


Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is perhaps the most brazen example of Pakistan’s support for jihadists groups. In the 26/11 attack in Mumbai, phone calls were traced back to handlers in Pakistan who directed its fighters to execute non-Muslims brutally and laughed when their instructions were carried out. After the attack, Interpol issued arrest warrants for two serving senior Pakistani army officers and a retired major. However, not a single member of LeT who has been implicated in the Mumbai attack has been prosecuted till date.

In order to justify its policy of support to jihadist groups, Pakistani generals have attempted to distinguish between “good terrorist” and “bad terrorist.” Simply stated, the so-called “good terrorist” is groups that advance Pakistan’s foreign policy goals and do not threaten the state or wage war within its borders. Lashkar-e-Taiba, Harakat-ul-Mujahideen, and Jaish-e-Mohammed operating in India all fall under this category and are trained, organized, and fundraised in Pakistan.

It appears that to compensate for its inability to achieve victory on conventional battlefields against India, Pakistani strategists have determined that to counter India, it must use unconventional means, including jihadist groups. When the former President and COAS of Pakistan Army is shamelessly, repeatedly boasting of his association with LeT and acknowledging state sponsored terrorism, it will be a pity to even hope that Pakistan Army would make an earnest effort to tackle terrorism as its ethics itself are skewed.