One thing that Pakistani officials particularly hate is when their double-dealing over terrorism is put under the spotlight. That was one of the reasons they were so acutely embarrassed by the killing of Osama bin Laden on Pakistani (the other was the US’s flagrant and humiliating violation of Pakistani sovereignty). Now, the US decision to offer a $10m bounty leading to the arrest of Hafiz Saeed, the founder of a Pakistani militant group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people, will further irritate the Pakistanis. It highlights the extent to which Saeed – far from being a fugitive – is a player on the Pakistani political scene. Read more
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