http://www.india-defence.com/reports/78 http://www.newsinsight.net/nati2.asp?recno=3397 25 July 2005: Britain and Pakistan have got into a stand-off situation in respect of three imams linked to the London bombings who have gone into hiding in the Binori madrasa in Karachi, the training ground of the Jaish-e-Mohammad, and the Lashkar-e-Toiba headquarters in Muridke outside Lahore. Diplomatic sources said British prime minister Tony Blair insisted on Pakistan raiding these places and arresting the imams, who are said to have masterminded the bombing, but General Parvez Musharraf refused, saying the government had no firm indication of their presence there, and the UK did not share a level of relationship where it could seek such action. Sources said that in anger, Blair asked Musharraf to make his refusal public, which the general declined to do, whereupon he sought US intervention, and the American secretary of state, Condoleezaa Rice, spoke to the Pakistani president, but without moving him. While Pakistan did not say no, it told Britain that there had to be engagement followed by cooperation, where some joint action could be planned, but it was unreasonable to expect Pakistani forces to launch potentially dangerous missions just because the British demanded it. Diplomats said Pakistan knew the three imams, whose identities are not being disclosed for security reasons, were hiding in madrasas, but authorities could not raid them without provoking a fierce backlash, something which could damage General Musharrafâs position and rock the Pakistani army. âThe US after hearing of Musharrafâs predicament backed off,â said a diplomat. âMusharraf simply said the UK did not enjoy the same level of relationship with Pakistan as the US did, and therefore, it could not expect action that could be explosive.â The UK is giving Pakistan two weeks to smoke out the three imams, and it wants its own forces to raid the suspected premises, and General Musharraf fears this would invite more outrage than if Pakistani troops entered these places. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- A country that UK created..