Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is supporting terrorist organisations inside the country, U.S. lawmakers were told by a newly formed Muhajir (refugee) group which alleged terror outfits such as the Taliban and al-Qaeda are trying to take control of the port city of Karachi.
“Nowadays Pakistan has become a safe haven for extremist groups with the full support of Pakistani intelligence agency ISI,” World Muhajir Congress said in a letter to members of The House Foreign Affairs Committee during a Congressional hearing on Afghanistan here on Thursday.
Representatives of the World Muhajir Congress met members of The House Foreign Affairs Committee and briefed them on alleged strong connection between the ISI and the terrorist groups.
“We are afraid as Jihadi outfits are getting stronger with the support of ISI, in the important port city of Karachi, which is the supply line of US and NATO could fall into the hands of these terror groups,” the letter said.
“We fear for the safety of Karachi, Muhajir Nation and especially children, as these Jihadi outfits are kidnapping/abducting young poor children and after brainwashing turning them into suicide bombers, Jihadis, and religious fanatics,” it said.
With Karachi being one of the most vital seaports of Pakistan, the letter said, “the Taliban/ISIS/Al-Qaeda, and like minded groups” are persistently making every endeavour to “capture the control” of this city.
“Such control can open new resources for manpower and finance for their agenda,” it said.
Alleging that pro-Taliban and Islamic extremist elements are ever increasing in Pakistan especially in Armed forces and the ISI, and are heavily supported financially, physically and armoured by the espionage body, the World Muhajir Congress urged lawmakers to help them in fighting this menace in Karachi.