As per The United States Pakistan is still the safe refuge for terrorists and Pakistan failed to take ‘substantial actions’ against the Afghan Taliban or HQN despite governments efforts. Pakistan was termed as an ‘an important counter terrorism partner in 2016’.
Pakistan is hub of various terrorists group like Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Jamaat‑ul‑Ahrar (JuA), the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), the Haqqani Network (HQN), Lashkar e-Tayyiba (LeT), and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and ). Islamic State’s Khorasan Province (ISIS-K).
These terror groups are targeting civilians, officials, and religious minorities not only in Pakistan and but also outside Pakistan.
“Violent extremist groups targeted civilians, officials, and religious minorities. Major terrorist groups focused on conducting terrorist attacks in Pakistan included the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Jamaat‑ul‑Ahrar (JuA), and the sectarian group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ).
Groups located in Pakistan, but focused on conducting attacks outside the country, included the Afghan Taliban, the Haqqani Network (HQN), Lashkar e-Tayyiba (LeT), and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM)” the US State Department said in its annual “Country Reports on Terrorism”.
The report further says that National Action Plan against terrorism by Pakistan government is not successful.
According to report “Progress remained slow on regulating madrassas, blocking extremist messaging, empowering the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), cutting off terrorist financing, and strengthening the judicial system”