Pakistan home to 12 foreign terrorist outfits: US Congressional report

Pakistan is home to at least 12 groups designated as ‘foreign terrorist organisations’ by the US, including five of them being India-centric like the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), according to the latest Congressional report on terrorism.

US officials have identified Pakistan as a base of operations or target for numerous armed and non-state militant groups, some of which have existed since the 1980s, the independent Congressional Research Service (CRS) said in the report.

The report, ‘Terrorist and Other Militant Groups in Pakistan’, released by the bipartisan research wing of US Congress on the eve of the historic Quad summit hosted by US President Joe Biden at the White House last week, said that these groups operating in Pakistan can be broadly categorised into five types -globally-oriented, Afghanistan oriented, India- and Kashmir-oriented, domestically oriented, and Sectarian (Anti-Shia).