Describing Pakistan as 'the intersection of nuclear weapons and terrorism', a top US Congressional panel has warned that the next terror attack on America is likely to originate in its ally's tribal areas.
While observing that Pakistan is a US ally, the commission on weapon of mass destruction (WMD) and terrorism said 'the next terrorist attack against the United States is likely to originate from within the Federally Administered Tribal Areas' in Pakistan.
The US says the tribal areas in northwest Pakistan, where the government exerts little control, are a haven for militants from both Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan.
The commission also expressed particular concern about the nuclear programmes of Iran and North Korea, and about Pakistan, which it described as 'the intersection of nuclear weapons and terrorism.'
It warned that there is a threat of nuclear terrorism, both because more countries are developing nuclear weapons and because some existing nuclear powers are expanding their arsenals.
'Terrorist organizations are intent on acquiring nuclear weapons,' said the report, which was published Tuesday on the internet and will be officially released Wednesday.
It cited testimony before the commission from former Senator Sam Nunn, who said that the 'risk of a nuclear weapon being used today is growing, not receding.'
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