LAHORE – Battered by Pak Army’s actions and US drone strikes, the founder of global Jehad – al Qaeda – has lost its potency and relevance that has left the network in tatters not only in Pakistan but also in South Asia. ‘The organisation’s ability to plan large-scale operations has crumbled as its main funding streams have been successfully disbanded’, the Annual Internal Intelligence Report (AIIR-2011) has revealed. A top government official familiar with the recently finalised counter-terrorism assessment, also called AIIR, disclosed to The Nation on Monday that the cash-trapped terrorists are facing major problems in recruiting Muslim youth. ‘Al Qaeda foot soldiers are no more ready to abide by the instructions of new leadership since they (fighters) doubt the credibility and capability of Ayman Al Zawahiri’, said the report jointly prepared by country’s leading intelligence agencies.  Assassination of Osama Bin Laden tends to close al Qaeda’s chapter of militancy and terrorism in Pakistan. Demise of top leadership has pushed the outfit in a deep quagmire since the new leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri is not deemed competent enough to lead the group aptly. It also revealed that the death of Anwar Awlaki has also served a severe blow to al Qaeda’s media campaign as he was considered as the only capable propagandist, who played an imperative role in luring in Muslim youth through internet. fConsequently, vivid decline in the ferocity of recruitment campaign of al Qaeda is quite evident. Security experts said that Al-Awlaki, a US-born Islamic cleric had become a prominent figure with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, before his killing in US drone strike in Yemen in September last. The report further revealed that the organisation is also confronted with immense financial crisis since people have started to look at them as mere criminals‘The indulgence of outfit in activities like abductions of industrialists and high-profile persons yet again reflects its disconcerted state and incapability of the new leadership’.‘Infact, unlike Osama bin Laden, Ayman Al-Zawahiri doesn’t have the charisma and the vision to run the terrorist organisation’, it added. The report also says, ‘Pakistan military operations and US drone strikes have mounted immense pressure on al Qaeda elements in Pakistan, which are now compelled to look for safe havens in other countries especially in Middle Eastern and North African regions’.The al Qaeda leftovers have also realised that it is becoming riskier than ever to infiltrate and remain in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas, it added.‘Hence, the terrorists are gradually shifting their focus to somewhat safer bastions in Yemen, Libya and Somalia’, it said.It further noted that the killing of the highly significant Osama bin Laden not only delivered a big psychological blow to al Qaeda but had worst practical impact on the group that had been operating tactically under his command for years. ‘The terrorist network already had suffered heavy blows with the deaths and arrests of dozens of its top leaders that drastically perturbed the organisation’s survivability and weakened its hierarchical command structure in the region’. Since then, al Qaeda leaders tried to capitalise on the killing of Osama bin Laden by provoking the masses against Pakistani security forces yet diminishing leadership and demoralised work force could not materialise the plans of revenge attacks in the country or elsewhere in the world. Defence experts believe that triumphant security forces operations in Tribal Areas are one of the eminent reasons behind al Qaeda’s decline which not only brought exemplary defeat for its associates but also forced them to vacate the area.‘Pakistani security agencies extended remarkable services to ensure the capture or killing of al Qaeda’s elements to dent the strength of the outfit in Pakistan’, an Islamabad-based defence analyst said, who like other experts preferred not to be named. Pak Army’s crackdown on militants also helped in reducing cross-border militant infiltration from Afghanistan to the Pakistani Tribal Areas. In addition, locals in the Tribal Areas have strongly rejected the presence of al Qaeda operatives in their areas rather they overwhelmingly endorse the measures taken for the elimination of militancy. Although, al -Qaeda leadership is now focusing to other regions of the world, especially the Arab countries, yet it has very bleak chances to obtain any success in the near future, according to the intelligence agencies assessment. Since during revolutions in Arab countries, youth did not support al Qaeda’s campaigns against Western domination but actually strived against the dictatorships in their own countries. This whole episode largely left al Qaeda on the sidelines even in the Arab countries where once it enjoyed a considerable support in the form of funds and recruits. Political experts say that people in Pakistan now fully comprehend the conditions and circumstances in which Jehad becomes obligatory. ‘Rapidly eroding public support and well-targeted operations by Pakistani security forces against al Qaeda’s few remnants in the tribal belt can surely help in the complete elimination of the terrorist outfit and guarantee a new era of peace and stability, not only in Pakistan but in the entire South Asia region’, experts said.‘The fight against the most notorious terrorist organisation appears to be advancing towards success in the region’, they asserted.