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‘Pak plan to liberate Kashmir with jihadis backfired’

Pakistan's connection with jihadi groups aimed at "liberation" of Jammu and Kashmir has not yield any result, ex-diplomat Husain Haqqani says

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Publish Date: Mar 29 2016 1:25PM | Updated Date: Mar 29 2016 1:25PM

‘Pak plan to liberate Kashmir with jihadis backfired’

Pakistan's connection with jihadi groups aimed at "liberation" of Jammu and Kashmir has not yield any result, ex-diplomat Husain Haqqani said. 

 
Pakistani establishment is unwilling to declare an all-out war against terrorist groups, Haqqani, told PBS. 
 
"Pakistan's involvement with jihadi groups initially was primarily as a strategic investment, which was supposed to bring them benefits through influence in Afghanistan and the liberation of Jammu and Kashmir from India. That has backfired," Haqqani was quoted by the channel as saying. 
 
Now even though it has backfired, Pakistan has been very careful in going after these jihadi groups. That’s why the jihadis pick specific targets to improve their recruitment, playing on several kinds of polarisation, he added. 
 
"The real problem lies in that attitude of the government of trying to protect the parties in Punjab, while going after the terrorists in other parts of the country, but not in the Punjab. That's what has come back to bite them," he said. 
 
"The real problem lies in that attitude of the government of trying to protect the parties in Punjab, while going after the terrorists in other parts of the country, but not in the Punjab. That's what has come back to bite them," he said. 
 
He further said Pakistani army leadership gets distracted by delusions of fighting India and its influence in Afghanistan and allowing certain jihadi groups to pursue those objectives, without  realising they can end up having offshoots.