Resurgence and Response: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Pakistan's Counter-Terrorism Strategies amidst Rising Terrorism Threats

Authors

  • Habibur Rahman M.Phil. Sociology at Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan, KPK
  • Ahmad Sadiq M.Phil Sociology from Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan
  • Sayed Attaullah Shah Sociology Higher Education Department Govt of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.52567/pjsr.v5i04.1329

Abstract

The current review paper critically examines the effectiveness of Pakistan's current counter-terrorism policies in the context of the resurgence of terrorism. This paper is based on a systematic review of the relevant themes and addresses the successes, challenges, and complexity entailed in Pakistan's counter-terrorism measures. The prolonged military campaigns have been instrumental in breaking the backbone of the terrorist group, which has led to a significant decline in the number of events and deaths. Nevertheless, there are still many questions related to the viability of these achievements. Some of the critical challenges include long-lasting stability, reconstruction of regions in conflict, re-emergence of threats from extremists, etc. A significant criticism of Pakistan's counter-terrorism strategy lies in its selectivity when it comes to handling specific militant groups. In addition, the paper also points out the socio-political and economic dynamics that allow for acts of terrorism. These factors are political instability, socio-economic gaps, and regional and international repercussions. It also discusses profound internal security lacunas, human rights issues and financial challenges – the case of Pakistan being put on the Financial Action Task Force's 'Grey list' is raised. The paper concludes that although the counter-terrorism policies in Pakistan have achieved significant successes, adopting a comprehensive strategy to balance security interests and socio-economic development should be blended with human rights considerations. Addressing both external and internal threats is required for proper accountability of the terrorism menace to build lasting peace.

Keywords: Terrorism, Resurgence of terrorism, Counter-terrorism policy, Effectiveness, Pakistan

 

Author Biographies

Habibur Rahman, M.Phil. Sociology at Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan, KPK

Scholar

 

 

Ahmad Sadiq, M.Phil Sociology from Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan

 

 

 

Sayed Attaullah Shah, Sociology Higher Education Department Govt of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Lecturer 

 

Additional Files

Published

2023-12-31