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India faces terror threat from Pak: US

India faces terror threat from Pak: US

Washington: Facing persistent and significant external threats from groups including Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad, and Harakat-ul-Jihad-i-Islami-Bangladesh, India remains one of the most terrorism afflicted nations,according to a new US report.

Although there were no large-scale assaults similar to the LeT led Nov 26, 2008, attacks in Mumbai, officials warned that "India remained at risk on the basis of the volume of credible threats the government continued to receive", the State Department said in its Congressionally mandated Country Reports on Terrorism 2009.

Noting that India was the focus of numerous attacks from both externally and internally based terrorist organizations, the report said: "Although clearly committed to combating terrorism, the Indian government's counterterrorism efforts remained hampered by its outdated and overburdened law enforcement and legal systems."

In the wake of the Mumbai terrorist attacks, India's parliament has introduced bills to restructure its counterterrorism laws and established a National Investigation Agency (NIA) to create a national-level capability to investigate and prosecute acts of terrorism, it said.

In neighbouring Pakistan, foreign terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda and its affiliates, continued to operate and carry out attacks in Pakistan, the report released Thursday by counterterrorism coordinator, Daniel Benjamin, noted.

"The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Balochistan, the North West Frontier Province, southern Punjab, and other parts of Pakistan continued to be used as safe havens for Al Qaeda terrorists, Afghan insurgents, and other terrorist groups," it said.

Similar to last year, attacks occurred with greatest frequency in the regions bordering Afghanistan, including Balochistan, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP).

In Afghanistan, "the Taliban-led insurgency remained resilient in the south and east and expanded its presence into the north and west".

"Although the insurgency absorbed heavy combat and leadership losses, its ability to recruit foot soldiers from its core base of rural Pashtuns remained undiminished," the report said.

Al Qaeda provided some facilitation, training, and funding while maintaining its safe haven in Pakistan, it noted.

Separate but intertwined and affiliated extremist organizations led by Mullah Omar (Taliban), Sirajuddin Haqqani (Haqqani Network), and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar (Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin - HIG) increased their use of improvised explosive devices and coordinated attacks using multiple suicide bombers, resulting in an increase from 2008 in overall casualties, the report said.

Nepal's instability could pose terrorist threat to India

The United States today warned that the politial instability in Nepal could pose a serious terrorist threat to India, which has sent a top envoy to Kathmandu to help end the month-long constitutional crisis over the election of a new prime minister.

Even though there is no indication that Nepal is a safe haven for international terrorists, the United States cautioned New Delhi that the continued instability in this nascent democratic country could pose a serious terrorist threat to India.

"There were no indications that Nepal was a safe haven for international terrorists. Given Nepalís continued instability, however, there is a possibility that members of extremist groups could transit Nepal, especially into India," said the State Department?s annual Congressionally-mandated 'Country Reports on Terrorism for the year 2009'.

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