Pakistan Not Cooperating in Search for Militants: US

Officials worry that terrorists can get too-easy access to US
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2009 11:23 AM CDT
Kashmiri villagers shout pro-freedom slogans after Abu Hamza, a top commander of Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, was killed in a gun battle, January 28, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – US intelligence officials are frustrated by what they see as Islamabad’s roadblocks in efforts to investigate terrorist cells with ties to Pakistan, the Los Angeles Times reports. Pakistanis living in European countries, who can enter the US without much scrutiny, remain a worry for the CIA and FBI, whose director was denied access last week to suspected members of the group behind the Mumbai attacks.

Pakistani officials say they would like to give more help to the US investigations, but to show too much support would risk outcry from the public and military. Of particular concern is Lashkar-e-Taiba, an al-Qaeda-linked militant group that a former counter-terrorism adviser says “has potential reach all over the world, including the US.”