Sunday, April 01, 2012
Prof Mansur discusses the elephant in the room, Pakistan. It turns out the jihadi murderer was trained in pakistan. Inspite of this the US gives billions to the failed state. We must hold pakistan accountable. As the post-mortem of the French-born 23-year-old jihadist of Algerian origin, Mohamed Merah, unfolds in the media alongside the official investigation into his bloody deeds in Toulouse and Montauban, a critical question of strategic importance remains unasked. French authorities knew Merah travelled twice to Pakistan and Afghanistan, spent time in the jihadi-infested tribal region of Waziristan, and there received further indoctrination and training in the use of firearms. Since his return from Pakistan, Merah was under police surveillance, as was his older brother Abdelkader, known for his role in the recruiting of young men for jihad. Moreover, as some investigative reporting has indicated, the Merah family was deep in the business of jihad with his mother married to the father of Sabri Essid, a known jihadi from the Toulouse area captured in Syria in 2006. It should be obvious that travelling to Pakistan from Europe, or anywhere else, by a non-Pakistani requires arranging for a Pakistani visa. It is also obvious that young men like Merah required visas to head out for Pakistan, and for them to readily acquire visas means there is in place arrangements within some of the Pakistani consular offices abroad to assist foreign jihadis in their mission.