New York: Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is still active and there is a “real risk” that the terror group may target India again to increase tensions between the two neighbours, a top UN official said on Wednesday.
“Lashkar-e-Taiba tactics is quite obvious. It is trying to increase tensions between India and Pakistan at a time when they and their associates are particularly under pressure in western Pakistan,” said Richard Barrett, Coordinator of the UN Security Council’s al-Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Monitoring Committee.
LeT, which is responsible for holding a series of terrorist attacks in India including the Mumbai terror strikes, has been declared as a terrorist organisation by the United Nations Security Council.
“They may do that again,” Barrett said, adding that “this is the real risk”.
Barrett along with Chairman of the Security Council’s al-Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Committee, Thomas Mayr-Harting, the Austrian ambassador, addressed a joint press conference at the UN headquarters in New York.
Barrett said several LeT attacks have taken place in Lahore, which is hardly in the tribal areas, and even Pakistani soldiers in Kashmir had been attacked. “I think, these groups are real concern to Pakistan,” he said, adding LeT is also having operational links with the Taliban.