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Apr 23, 2010, 07.13 PM IST
Pakistan is unlikely to take on Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) any time soon, since this could drive it into a dangerous alliance with the Pakistani Taliban and other al-Qaeda linked groups, security officials say
That is a problem for
Security officials in
"If you are so up to your neck in the tribal areas, would you like to open another front?" asked one security official.
Unlike other militant groups, LeT has been careful to avoid attacks within
"LeT continues to operate almost with impunity in
LeT -- once nurtured by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency to fight
The group could ultimately become a major risk for the West -- LeT's charitable wing has wide support and funding from the Pakistani diaspora -- and even threaten
Yet Pakistani security officials argue success in its battle against militants depends on its ability to isolate the enemy.
"Do not do anything where all the threat comes together," said one security official. "If we open a front against LeT in central
Instead, as with other Punjab-based militant organisations,
"We know who they are, and we try to keep an eye on them," said another security official. "There is no official support."
Others, however, say its suits
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