A global report named ‘Humanity at Risk – Global Terror Indicant (GTT)’ published by Oxford University and Strategic Foresight Group (SFG), has named Pakistan as a three times greater risk to humanity than Syria with maximum number of terror bases and safe havens for terrorist elements.
Pakistan continues to be a launch pad for terrorists and remains an abettor and supporter of global terrorism. “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 report noted.
Al-Qaida was born in Pakistan and then later spread to Afghanistan. Osama Bin Laden was holed up in a safe house near a Pakistan military facility in Abbottabad, the report said. It noted that the house was much larger than the surrounding houses of retired Pakistani military officers in the area and the occupants bought expensive goods from nearby shops which most people in the area could not afford.
“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 2030. They are all interlinked with terrorism,” the report says.
The report delves in global terror networks and outfits operating from Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen and other countries. The 80-page report also proposes an analytical framework for policymakers to tackle global terrorism for next ten years.
The report also claims that out of 200 groups that were actively involved in terror acts around the world in the first half of 21st century, only a fourth were found to be motivated by their own interpretation of ideology.
(With inputs from Times Now)