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'Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed could become Pakistan PM'

File photo of Hafiz Saeed. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 29, 2018, 12.31 PM (IST)

A report by the Indian think tank Strategic Foresight Group (SFG) and Oxford University says there is the possibility that Mumbai terror attack mastermind and terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed could in the near future become Pakistan's prime minister.

The report, titled 'Humanity at Risk-Global Terror Threat Indicant', came up with the hypothetical scenario post-2020. It predicted that the dominance of terrorists and extremists could lead to attacks targeting India's political and financial systems with the "open support of the Pakistan military". 

The report also predicted that extremist and religious political parties in Pakistan would become increasingly popular.

"Extremist and religious political parties in Pakistan (are) become increasingly popular. Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is able to build its party infrastructure and contest the federal elections successfully in alliance with other extremist groups and active unofficial support from the military. Pakistan [could] then elect Hafiz Saeed as the head of government," the report mentioned.

The report also placed Pakistan at the top of the list of countries that pose a threat to "humanity" and "global peace". 

The report goes on to warn about the threat of a full-scale war between India and Pakistan following Pakistan-sponsored terror attacks.

"LeT is able to build its party infrastructure and contest the federal elections successfully, in alliance with other extremist groups and active unofficial support from the military. Pakistan then elects LeT founder Hafiz Saeed as the head of government," it said. 

The study also predicted that eastern Afghanistan and western Pakistan, the two relatively lawless border areas between the two countries, could become a single breakaway Taliban state. 

The report also predicted that al-Qaida would gain a foothold by co-opting other separatist and ethnic movements in Myanmar, Bangladesh and Thailand. 

"The US summarily exits Afghanistan and Iraq under the leadership of a right-wing president inaugurated in January 2029, throwing those countries into major chaos. China's involvement in Afghanistan, specifically the attempt to play interlocutor with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, backfires. Incensed Pakistani and Afghan terror groups incite violence within China, thereby emboldening Uighur militants to launch a major attack in Beijing or Shanghai," the report said.

'Global Terror Threat Indicant' (GTTI) concludes that LeT and JeM are greater threats to humanity than the Islamic State/Daesh.
 

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The report, titled 'Humanity at Risk-Global Terror Threat Indicant' also placed Pakistan at the top if the list of countries that post a threat to 'humanity' and 'global peace.'