Arrest of Lashkar Masterminds Confirmed

Pakistan confirmed the arrest in Pakistani Kashmir of Zaki ur Rahman Lakhvi and Zarar Shah, leaders of the Lashkar-i Tayiba accused by the Indian government of having masterminded the attack on Mumbai.

Zarar Shah’s arrest is particularly interesting, since he is thought to be a liason to a network of retired officers of the Inter-Services Intelligence who are alleged to have trained the Mumbai attackers.

This is a game of chicken. As the civilian Pakistani government gets closer to rogue cells in the ISI, it risks another coup or black ops aimed at destabilizing it.