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Shouldn’t Pakistan be cut some slack by Washington and Mumbai?

Originally published by Mike DeVine, Legal Editor for The Minority Report

I’m asking.

But it seems to me that freely elected Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari (pictured) and the unelected former leader, Pervez Musharraf, should be applauded.

Consider their about face after 911 and that, no matter public reports of their efforts against terrorists, we haven’t been attacked again. But my main proffers of evidence are the following:

Pakistan police detain founder of group blamed for Mumbai terror

The founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group, which has been blamed for the Mumbai attacks in India, has been detained by Pakistani authorities, according to his spokesman.

It is understood Hafiz Mohammad Saeed is being held in his house in eastern Pakistan.

And this:

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry says it has swapped a list of nuclear facilities with India, as part of an agreement prohibiting attacks on such installations.

The countries have routinely exchanged these lists on the first day of the year since 1992, under an agreement signed two decades ago.

Thursday’s exchange was carried out as normal, despite tensions from November’s deadly attacks in Mumbai by suspected Pakistani militants.

On Wednesday, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari told U.S. President George Bush by phone that any Pakistani involved in the attacks would be dealt with sternly.

But India’s home minister, P. Chidambaram, said Pakistan “is in a state of denial” about the possible involvement of its citizens in the violence.

Earlier Wednesday, U.S. media reported that a leader of the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba admitted he helped plan the Mumbai attacks.

Pakistani authorities arrested militant leader Zarah Shah in December under intense international pressure to crack down on his group.

Pakistan closes US supply route to hit militants

Pakistan suspended truck shipments of U.S. military supplies through the famed Khyber Pass on Tuesday after launching an offensive against militants who are trying to cripple Washington’s war on a resurgent Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan.

The U.S. military said a temporary closure of the key supply line was not a problem, and praised the campaign in the rugged hills of northwestern Pakistan where al-Qaeda leaders — including Osama bin Laden — are believed hiding.

So, Pakistan’s government is going after Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda as Washington desires and has captured the leader of the terrorist group suspected in the Mumbai terror attacks.

Thank you Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari. And my sympathies to you in the loss of your wife, Benazir Bhutto, at the hands of terrorists.

Mike DeVine’s Charlotte Observer, Examiner.com and Minority Report columns

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

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