NEW DELHI: It's not Syria, but Pakistan which poses the maximum terror risk to humanity, a study, `Humanity at Risk - Global Terror Threat Indicant (GTTI) -- by Oxford University and Strategic Foresight Group (SFG), has revealed.
The analysis states Pakistan is right on top of the list of countries with the highest number of terrorist bases and safe havens, according to an ANI report.
The study also reveals that terror outfits Afghan Taliban and the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which have a significant presence in Pakistan, pose the highest risk to international security.
Pakistan thus remains the breeding ground and supporter of global terrorism and is responsible for three times the terror risk to humanity in comparison with Syria, according to the GTTI report.
“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 says.
“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 of about 80 pages states.
Strategic Foresight Group analysed almost 200 groups actively complicit in committing acts of terror in the first half decade of the 21st century.
During that period, the groups motivated by their own interpretation of jihadi ideology accounted for only a fourth of almost 200 groups around the world.
Among these groups, Islamic State (ISIS) has hogged the headlines in the last five years.
But with the swift rise and fall of the terror outfit , it's al-Qaida that remains the most resilient network.
Until 2011, it was led by Osama bin Laden, but following his assassination, his son, Hamza bin Osama bin Laden has emerged, as what sections of the media describe, as the “new crown prince of terror”, ANI reported.
The most significant factor influencing the future of 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 states.
The report has in-depth information about the global terror outfits operating from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen etc.
In Pakistan, the terror groups are based in FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwah, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, Quetta and Kalat (Balochistan), Punjab and Sindh.
Enjoying patronage of the law enforcement agencies, they easily plan and plot major attacks and raise funds for their activities