The Metastasizing Cancer of Pakistan-
and Afghanistan-based Islamic Terrorism
The above image graphically shows the
continued spread of terror wreaked by Islamic fundamentalist groups based in
Pakistan and Afghanistan (shown in red as the new foci of international
terrorism). All countries and regions affected by the terror, and those where
funds are collected by these groups are shown in black.
Osama Bin Laden's network, which supports
numerous terrorist groups in Afghanistan, collaborates extensively and shares
training facilities with over a dozen Islamic terrorist groups based in
Pakistan. The Pakistani groups that collaborate with Bin Laden's network are
well known to be financed and sponsored by the Pakistani intelligence agency,
ISI and its military (New York Times, October 10, 2000).
Many of the groups based in Pakistan and
Afghanistan target India, especially Jammu and Kashmir state with holy jihad.
Many of these same groups also carry out violent insurgencies and terrorist
operations in such far-flung places as Chechnya, Xinjiang region of China,
Philippines, Malaysia, Bosnia, Egypt. Geographically, the terror wreaked by
these groups extends from Argentina and United States in the western hemisphere
all the way to the Xinjiang region of China, the Philippines and Malaysia in the
far east. A Pakistani national was arrested recently in the US on suspicion for
involvement in the bombings of the Israeli embassy in Argentina in the early
1990s. Even Australia and New Zealand have not been spared. Prior to the recent
Olympics, several Afghanistani citizens were arrested in New Zealand for
suspected involvement in a plot to blow up the Sydney nuclear reactor during the
The terror continues unabated today.
Dozens of Hindu and other pro-Indian civilians, and security personnel, are
butchered every week by Pakistan/Afghanistan-based Islamic terrorist groups such
as Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Al-Badr Mujahideen,
Tehrik-ul-Mujahideen and Hizbul Mujahideen, in the Indian state of Jammu and
Kashmir. These activities do not appear on the front pages of western media,
which is much more sensitive when United States "interests" are
targeted, an example being the October 12th attack in Yemen on the US naval ship
Cole. The half-hearted US battle against international terrorism is
exemplified by US Counter-Terrorism coordinator twiddling his thumbs over
declaring the Lashkar-e-Toiba (one of the most dangerous and largest Islamic
militant groups in the world) a terrorist organization. As many recent reports,
including the Oct. 10 New York Times article indicate, groups like Lashkar see
India, Israel, the United States and many other countries around the world as
their eventual targets for Islamic fundamentalist rule.