Pakistan is responsible for three times the terror risk to humanity than that in Syria, according to a joint study by UK-based Oxford University and India-based Strategic Foresight Group.
The study titled Humanity at Risk – Global Terror Threat Indicant said that Pakistan tops the list of countries with the highest number of terrorist bases and safe havens.
It said that the Afghan Taliban and Lashkar-e-Tayiba pose the maximum threat to international security in future.
“If we look at the most dangerous terrorist groups, based on hard facts and statistics, we find that Pakistan hosts or aids majority of them. Also, there are a significant number of groups based in Afghanistan, which operate with the support of Pakistan,” the 80-page report.
According to the report, the rise of competitive extremism of all shades, misuse of weapons of mass destruction and economic disruptions can undermine human progress or even survival in the period from now until 2013.
The report said that al-Qaida remains the most resilient terror group and the most significant factor influencing the future of terror 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 reveals.
In Pakistan, the terror groups are based in FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwah, Pakistan occupied Kashmir, Quetta and Kalat (Balochistan), Pujan and Sindh. Enjoying patronage of the law enforcement agencies, they easily plan and plot major attacks and raise funds for their activities, according to the report.