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‘Pakistan greater threat than Iran, Qaeda’

The biggest threat to the West is not Al Qaeda, Afghanistan or Iran, but the country that, due to its laxity, has become the terrorists’ chief hideout and breeding ground, reports Vijay Dutt.

world Updated: Jul 24, 2008 23:57 IST
Vijay Dutt

The biggest threat to the West is not Al Qaeda, Afghanistan or Iran, but the country that, due to its laxity, has become the terrorists’ chief hideout and breeding ground.

Terrorists defeated in Afghanistan often regroup and rebuild across the border in Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas, says Con Coughlin, foreign editor and a world renowned expert on the Middle East and Islamic terrorism.

But he says despite it’s (Pak) threat to world peace the west dares not speak its name. “We hear plenty about the dangers posed to our security by Qaeda, Afghanistan and Iran. But when it comes to talking about the country that arguably constitutes the greatest threat to our everyday well-being, Pakistan hardly ever seems to merit a mention.”

Paul Beaver, another internationally known expert on terrorism, referring to the assessment of Coughlin said to HT, “It’s a pretty good reflection of how some people in the British and US Governments feel about Pakistan. The feeling is that either it can be the greatest ally to Nato for its operations in Afghanistan or it can be the greatest threat.