New Delhi: Pakistan, which registered the highest number of terrorist bases and safe havens, remains the breeding ground and the supporter of global terrorism and poses three times more threat to humanity than Syria, a study — Humanity at Risk – Global Terror Threat Indicant (GTTI) — by Oxford University and Strategic Foresight Group (SFG) said.
As per an ANI report, while Pakistan has been placed at the top of the countries with the highest number of safe havens for the terrorist, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Afghan Taliban, as per the reports, pose the maximum threat to the international security.
Terming Pakistan as the top supporter of terrorism, the study said, “If we look at the most dangerous terrorist groups, based on hard facts and statics, we find that Pakistan hosts or aids a majority of them. Also, there are a significant number of groups based in Afghanistan, which operate with the support of Pakistan.”
The report has been prepared to present an analytical framework and tool to enable policymakers to look into the future. “The rise of the competitive extremism and economic disruptions can undermine human progress or even survival in the period from now on until the year 2030,” it said, adding that they are all interlinked with terrorism.
The SFG has analysed over 200 groups committed to the acts of terror. Among these groups, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)/daesh have attracted much limelight in the last five years, the report said. However, over the time Al-Qaida has risen as the most resilient network.
Referring to Pakistan extending support to the terror groups, the study said, “The most significant factor influencing the future of the Jihadi groups would be the support they get from states, intelligence agencies and criminal networks.”
“The birth of Al-Qaida was in Pakistan and then Pakistan influenced Afghanistan. Osama Bin Laden had a safe haven in a huge compound near the Pakistani military establishment in Abbottabad. The compound was much larger than the surrounding houses of retired Pakistani military officers. The occupants of the compound often bought expensive goods from a neighbourhood shop that most people in the vicinity could not afford. The presence of an important family in the compound was nothing but conspicuous,” the report said.
Just a day before, the United Nations-designated terrorist and 26/11 attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed, his Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF) were removed from the list of banned outfits.