Karachi a hub of anti-India terror outfits: European think-tank

Pakistan is stoking the fire of ethnic, political and sectarian tension and its port city of Karachi has become a hub of anti-India jihadists, according to a new report by prominent European think-tank The International Crisis Group.

Karachi a hub of anti-India terror outfits: European think-tank

Pakistan is stoking the fire of ethnic, political and sectarian tension and its port city of Karachi has become a hub of anti-India jihadists, according to a new report by prominent European think-tank The International Crisis Group.

The report titled 'Pakistan: Stoking the Fire in Karachi' says that security forces were allowing "anti-India outfits like the Lashkar-e-Taiba/Jamaat-Ud-Dawa and Jaish-e-Mohammed to operate madrasas and charity fronts".


"Pakistan's most dangerous groups actively contest Karachi's turf and resources. The anti-Shia Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and anti-India LeT/JuD and JeM have umbilical links with the city's large, well-resourced madrasas," the report notes.

"Any time Pakistan-India or Kashmir tensions flare, these groups mobilise in the heart of the city. You can't treat (LeT and JeM) as your friends in one part of the country and your enemies elsewhere," it quotes a recently retired senior provincial official as saying.

The think tank has warned that decades of neglect and mismanagement have turned Karachi, Pakistan's largest and wealthiest city, into a "pressure cooker" and calls on the Nawaz Sharif-led government to restore the Sindh police's authority and operational autonomy while also holding it accountable.

"Criminal gangs, to varying degrees in collusion with political parties and state authorities, have flourished, including MQM-linked extortion groups and a Baloch-dominated outfit that had PPP (Pakistan People's Party) patronage. Jihadist groups have benefited from a combination of lax law enforcement and state support," the report says.