Pakistan Terrorism: As a State Sponsor Of Terror in Region
Soft Attitude towards Pakistan Terrorism Causes Pakistan to be Designated a State Sponsor of Terror
Pakistani authorities have long had ties with domestic militant groups that have largely focused their efforts abroad, as in Afghanistan and India. Pakistan Terrorism is viewed as the result of its self-malaise of sponsoring terrorism against India and Afghanistan.
After Pakistan joining the United States as an ally in the post-9/11 “war on terrorism,” experts say Islamabad has seen harsh blow back from Washington for its support of militant groups. In May 2011, al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden was killed by a U.S. raid at a compound not far from Islamabad, raising new questions about Pakistan’s commitment to fighting terrorism. Meanwhile, leadership elements of al-Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban, along with other Pakistan Terrorism groups, have made Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal areas their home, and now work closely with a wide variety of Pakistani militant groups, like the Haqqani Network, which in September 2012 was added to the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO). Links between many of these new and existing groups have strengthened, say, experts, giving rise to fresh concerns for the country’s stability. A list of various terrorist organizations operating from Pakistani soil is given below. Sheer their numbers and magnum of their density is enough to prove that this country is slowly turning into heaven of institutionalized terrorism activities.
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