the fact is that Pakistan knew in advance of the US raid in Pakistan on Friday aimed at killing al-Qaeda's No 2, Dr Ayman al-Zawahiri, who was believed to be in the area.confirms Syed Saleem Shahzad in the Asia Times. Many U.S. media outlets are beginning to take a critical view of the highly dubious co-operation from Pakistan in the Global Offense Against Terror (G.O.A.T). This editorial from the L.A. Times says:
More than four years after Al Qaeda's 9/11 attacks, Pakistan continues to play a dangerous game. The government does as little as possible to hunt Al Qaeda operatives, lest their Pakistani supporters become even more upset with Musharraf. Yet Islamabad continually assures Washington that it's in vigorous pursuit, in order to keep the foreign aid flowing.Indeed. In addition there have been no progress on the democratization nor on reforming the hatred-filled education system.
Washington has rewarded Pakistan with a five-year, $3-billion aid package. Musharraf promised to close the madrasas — fundamentalist schools that foment anti-Americanism — but progress has been slow. And the problem doesn't just lie with the private madrasas. The nation's public schools use textbooks promoting violent battles against infidels. The province where Friday's apparently botched attempt to kill Zawahiri occurred now has a pro-Taliban government, making it harder for Islamabad to search for Al Qaeda. But difficulty is not impossibility.Investor's Business Daily takes a much severe view with some hard-hitting facts:
Even so, bin Laden and his top deputy have managed to deliver audio and videotaped messages to al-Jazeera's bureaus in Islamabad and Karachi. And they've trained terrorists at camps and madrassas, including some within miles of Musharraf's home. Some of these terrorists have been exported to America and Britain.
While the White House publicly praises Pakistan's "cooperation" in the war, U.S. officials — including CIA Director Porter Goss — complain that Pakistani intelligence officers remain loyal to their former allies — the Taliban and al-Qaida — and are protecting them. Nearly all the high-value al-Qaida targets captured in Pakistan — including 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — were due to leads generated by U.S., not Pakistani, intelligence.