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Pakistan aiding terror, says the US

US State Department says Pak remains a major source of Islamic extremism and a safe haven for top terrorists.

world Updated: May 02, 2007 08:48 IST

Pakistan remains a "major source of Islamic extremism and a safe haven for top terrorist leaders" despite being a frontline partner in the war on terror, according to the US State Department.

"The crackdown on banned organisations, hate material, and incitement by religious leaders continued unevenly," the State Department said in its Country Terrorism Report for 2006.

The Bush administration designated three Pakistan-based militant groups — Harkat-ul-Mujahedin, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Tayyeba — as "foreign terrorist organisations". It designated another five organisations as "Groups of Concern".

These include the Communist Party of India (Maoist), United Liberation Front of Asom, Harkat-ul-Jihad-I-Islami, Hizbul Mujahedin and Jamaat-ul-Mujahedin.