Editorial Perspective: Turbulence and Terror
Major General Afsir Karim, rtd
AAKROSH . April 2007. Volume 10. Number 35
Threats of global terrorism and Islamic fundamentalist groups are growing at an alarming rate; al-Qaeda is still active in various parts of the globe. Violence in Iraq and Afghanistan has attained dangerous proportions despite large-scale military operations by US-led forces.
The danger of destabilization of political systems and disruption of socio-economic equilibrium threaten territorial integrity and economic viability of several countries of the South Asian region. Fundamentalism and violence are spreading in Pakistan; there is political turbulence in Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka is going through another phase of violence. India faces danger from cross-border terrorism, separatist violence and socio-economic unrest. Terrorist training camps to launch Islamic terrorists still function openly in Pakistan-administered Kashmir; armed infiltration across the Line of Control still continues though at a reduced scale.
The exact nature of the threats, which are gradually becoming more disruptive and lethal, and the long-term aims of various terrorist organizations operating in South Asia have yet to be assessed realistically and accurately at the regional or global level.