Feeding terror

Roots of terror

Print edition : January 09, 2015

Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud flanked by his colleagues in the Orakzai tribal region of Pakistan, a November 26, 2008 photograph. The flamboyant Hakimullah, who succeeded Baitullah Mehsud as the leader of the Haqqani group, was eliminated in a drone strike in November 2013. Photo: Ishtiaq Mehsud/AP

Jalaluddin Haqqani (right), the head of the Haqqani insurgent group, with his son Naziruddin in Islamabad on October 19, 2001. Photo: REUTERS

This June 28, 2008, photograph shows the alleged plotter of the Mumbai attacks, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi (left), with Syed Salahuddin, chief of Hizbul Mujahideen. Photo: Roshan Mughal/AP

An undated photograph from 2004 shows Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud (right). He was killed in a drone strike in August 2009. Photo: A Majeed/AFP

General Zia-ul-Haq was the man responsible for encouraging a Wahhabi version of Islam in Pakistan. Photo: The Hindu Archives

General Zia's predecessor, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, formalised the role of religion in the country’s Constitution. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Burning a U.S. flag in Multan on January 11, 2012, during a demonstration against the U.S. drone attacks in Pakistani tribal areas. Photo: S.S. MIRZA/AFP

The terrorist violence in Pakistan can be traced to the tight U.S. security embrace of the Cold War days, which gave birth to several “mujahideen” groups that have turned into Frankenstein’s monsters post-9/11.
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