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Local Pakistan politicians shelter militants

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Posted on May 6 2010 8:36 am
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by Kathy Gannon

It’s a troubling trend in Pakistan’s biggest and richest province of Punjab: Leaders there are tolerating and in some cases promoting some of the country’s most violent Islamist militant groups.

Provincial officials have ignored repeated calls to crack down on militant groups with a strong presence here, with one senior minister campaigning publicly with members of an extremist group that calls for Shiite Muslims to be killed.

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