En tverrpolitisk kommisjon nedsatt av den amerikanske Kongressen konkluderer med at det er mer enn 50 % sannsynlighet for et terrorangrep med masseødeleggesesvåpen innen 2013. Pakistan fremstår som selve senteret for ustabilitet og spredning av terror.

«it is more likely than not that a weapon of mass destruction will be used in a terrorist attack somewhere in the world by the end of 2013» and warned the incoming US administration of Barack Obama [Images] that «America’s margin of safety is shrinking».

«Although Pakistan is a close US ally, its inability to control swaths of territory, violent political instability, and a nuclear standoff with neighbouring India make the Islamic nation the most lethal tinderbox of all,» the report said.

«Were one to map terrorism and weapons of mass destruction today, all roads would intersect in Pakistan,» the report was quoted as saying.

«There is a grave danger that it could also be an unwitting source of a terrorist attack on the United States, possibly with weapons of mass destruction,» it added.

The commission said terrorists were more likely to be able to obtain biological than nuclear weapons, with anthrax a particular danger, and warned that threats were «evolving faster than our multi-layered response.»

While former Senator Bob Graham called Pakistan the «intersection of the perfect storm», the Pakistani daily quoted several Congressmen and Senators who said the chances of terrorists getting their hands on nuclear or biological weapons were getting «thinner» and that «it’s time to retire the fear card».

Pakistan is the weakest link in world security, says US report