Islamic radicalization in Pakistan poses threat to world, say international experts at UNHRC

Geneva (Switzerland), Mar 14 (ANI): Pakistan continues to remain an epicenter of Islamic radicalization, says a group of international experts while speaking on a side event titled ‘Growing Extremism in South Asia; Repercussions for the West’ held during the 37th session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Organised by Brussels-based European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS), the event shed light on the cross-over of extremist elements between South Asia and the West. Professor Paul Stott of University of Leicester said, “Historically, this unfortunately being a very strong cross-over between the Indian sub-continent and the UK in terms of terrorism and certainly in the 1990s, not enough attention was paid to the fact that so many young Britons were coming to Kashmir, for example, them entering Pakistan and attending training camps and going to Afghanistan and joining Taliban there and getting involved in political & religious activities proved to be very problematic indeed.””We also have people making the opposite journey which was coming from South Asia to the UK. People like Masood Azhar, some quite problematic clerical speakers, who were able to organise in the UK in the 1990s again in a way that authorities rather mix,” Stott said. The experts laid emphasis on the growing nexus between Islamic fundamentalists and terrorists based in Pakistan, with those settled in UK, Bosnia and other countries in the 1990s. Some of them, including Lashkar-e-Taiba Chief Hafiz Saeed, still remain powerful with support of the State. “If you look at the recent developments, Hafiz Saeed has been viewed with real concern internationally,” European Foundation for South Asian Studies Director Junaid Qureshi said.

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