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India is one of the most terrorism-afflicted nations: US report

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  1. hotstud69

    hotstud69 Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Washington: India remains one of the most terrorism-afflicted nations, facing as it does persistent and significant external threats from groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad in Pakistan and Harakat-ul-Jihad-i-Islami in Bangladesh, said a new US report. It said the country's counterterrorism efforts remained stymied by outdated enforcement and legal systems.

    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clearly committed to combating terrorism, the Indian government's counterterrorism efforts remained hampered by its outdated and overburdened law enforcement and legal systems.'


    US needs to differentiate between India and Pakistan


    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.


    Majority of Pakistanis still consider India as a threat: Poll


    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.





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    prototype Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    i differ with the report ,it is not b termed as 'one of most',it should have been the most affected nation,but good that they atleast acknowledge it,before 9/11 it hardly mattered them
     
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    I am worried as these kind of news will create a negative impression among the business communities that may affect our growing economy. An economic loss can be the result of the consequences of direct attacks or of the mere threat of terrorism. This may affect Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and out-sourcing. Terrorism certainly would have a negative impact on foreign investor's confidence and would prompt large outflows of capital. Our government should get their act together and should reign in on terrorists and also naxalites.
     
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