Islamabad’s image in the eyes of the world once again suffered a thorough beating when the United Nations included 139 Pakistan entries in its latest and consolidated terror list.
The UN released the updated list on Tuesday and included 139 Pakistan entries – especially highlighting terrorists who have lived in Pakistan and/or operated from the country and/or have ties with groups in the country to carry out their dubious operations. While Ayman al-Zawahiri – the current leader of al-Qaeda – figures on top of the list, other prominent names here are that of Dawood Ibrahim – wanted in India and shielded by Pakistan’s ISI, LeT’s Hafiz Saeed, his deputies Abdul Salaam and Zafar Iqbal. Terror outfits in Pakistan or with links to Pakistan like Al Rasheed Trust, Harkatul Mujahideen, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Wafa Humanitarian Organisation, JeM, Rabita Trust, Ummah Tameer-i-Nau, Afghan Support Committee, Revival of Islamic Heritage Society, Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, Al-Harmain Foundation, Islamic Jihad Group, Al Akhtar Trust International, Harkatul Jihad Islami, Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, Jamaatul Ahrar and Khatiba Imam Al-Bukhari are also in the UN terror list.
Pakistan has repeatedly claimed that it is a victim of terrorism but ground evidence has pointed to the opposite. On international forums, the country has been repeatedly embarrassed with the United States in recent months openly expressing its displeasure with the country’s efforts against terror networks. The possibly biggest dent to Pakistan’s image was when Osama bin Laden was discovered here and eventually shot dead by US Navy Seals on May 2 of 2011.