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Pak terror factories called madrasas, shock Nawaz Sharif adviser

Mon, Mar 07, 2016, 11:38 AM
Pakistan's export of terrorrism is known worldwide, but the US and other western nations have shown much ambivalence despite being at the receving end.

While the world is credulous, Pakistan's top leadership is itself shocked at the scale of its home-grown terrorism for export in its own madrasas under mosques.

Pakistan's foreign policy adviser Sartaj Aziz is flabbergasted at the scale of training and sophistication of his country's terrorrism for export in the madrasas on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Sartaj Aziz told a group of defence writers last week that these madarsas had well-oiled terror factories, beyond imagination. The madrasas, supposed to teach the Koran, have been running bomb-making factories, terrorist and human bomb training centres.

"In one mosque that I visited, I remember, in Miranshah, from outside we did not see anything. But under the mosque there was a 70-room basement, three stories, in which there were four-five IED factories, four-five suicide training centers, communication network, VIP room, conference rooms, amazing infrastructure," Aziz said.

He was aghast that his country's leaders turned a blind eye to the deep-rooted terror infrastructure in Pakistan.

In North Waziristan, where the Pakistan Army had launched Zarb-e-Azb operation in June 2014, Aziz estimated that there were 30-40 mosques running madrasas with the same infrastructure. Under each mosque, there were centres to train suicide bombers, IED factories and communication networks. All are under the multi-storied basements under the mosques.

Aziz, who was in Washington to attend the 6th US-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue, said: "According to our estimates, the IED factories in this particular agency (Waziristan) if they had gone their way without disruption, they had enough IEDs for the next 20 years for their scale of attacks."

Like those who live by the sword die by the sword. Aziz said in the past 14 years, Pakistan lost about 60,000 people, including 10,000 security personnel. He estimated the economic losses beyond US $100 billion. But he did not say how many people abroad these terror factories called madrasas accounted for, including India.
Agency: Ap7am Desk

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