What a mess
Bill Roggio captures a sense of the tangled web that is Pakistan in four pithy paragraphs. (Emphasis mine)
Pakistani security forces have captured the leader of an al Qaeda suicide cell which was behind the attack on the Sargodha military base last fall. Ahsan al Haq and five cell members have been detained by Pakistani security forces in the city of Lahore, Reuters reported.
"We recovered explosives and jackets used for suicide bombings at his house next to a madrassa (Islamic school)," and anonymous intelligence official told Reuters. "All of them admitted they were behind the Sargodha attack and were planning to carry out similar attacks, even against politicians."
Al Haq is a retired Pakistani Army major "was said have been close to Afghan Muslim guerrilla commander Younis Khalis, who battled Soviet forces in the 1980s and later had links with the Taliban," Reuters reported. "Haq ran a militant training camp in Afghanistan during Taliban rule." ...
The Sargodha Air Force Base is a nuclear weapons and missile storage facility in central Punjab province. The Taliban and al Qaeda have conducted multiple strikes on or near Pakistani nuclear facilities, as well as against military and police facilities situated near nuclear facilities. There have been two suicide attacks at Sargodha since the summer of 2007.
A fanatical suicide ideology (al-Qaeda) propagated through the school system (madrassa) endowed with sympathizers in the local Army (as represented by the retired Major) ready to carry out their program to seize nuclear weapons and rule the world! Not since the days of the Republic Serials have the villains and situations been so outlandish.