Pak Americans Condemn Lahore Attacks, Denounce Threats to the US

 

Chicago , IL : The Pakistan American Democratic Forum (PADF), a US-wide grassroots organization, has "vigorously condemned" recent terror attacks on a police academy in Lahore as well as threats to the US.

 

"If it happened despite its best efforts then the government is guilty of gross incompetence, and if it came about due to lack of preparation then it is a case of criminal negligence", PADF President, Dr. Muhammad Ashraf Toor said.  "Those responsible for the intelligence-cum prevention failure should be fired by the Prime Minister, if they don't resign on their own."

 

Pakistan 's Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud claimed responsibility Tuesday for a deadly assault on a police academy, saying he wanted to retaliate against US missile attacks on the militant bases on the border with Afghanistan. Analysts, however, doubt that Taliban fighters carried out Monday's raid on the Lahore academy on their own saying the group is likely working more closely than ever with militants based far from the Afghan frontier.

 

Mehsud, who has a $5 million bounty on his head from the  United States, also vowed to "amaze everyone in the world" with an attack on Washington or even the White House. The FBI, however, said he had made similar threats previously and there was no indication of anything imminent.

 

The PADF has also renewed its call for an immediate All Parties' Convention to build a national consensus about the causes and remedies for the Pakistani state's deepening crisis. 

 

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