Pakistan's terrorist challenge

Julian Droogan*

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Since its independence from British rule in 1947 Pakistan has suffered from, and been implicated in, rising levels of terrorism and sectarian violence that have impacted both it and its region. At over 200 million people, Pakistan is the world’s fifth most populous country and the only Muslim majority state to have a nuclear weapons capability. Since the 1947 division of the Indian Subcontinent into the two culturally related but antagonistic states of Pakistan and India, Pakistan’s domestic security and foreign relations have been dominated by complex and hostile relations with its larger neighbour, as well as the actions of outside powers such as Russia, the United States, China, and Saudi Arabia looking to use Pakistan as a staging board for influence in South Asia and beyond. Pakistan and India have fought three wars over the contested region of Kashmir plus a series of border skirmishes. While maintaining a conventional militarised line of control (LOC) through the disputed mountainous region, each has also accused the other of at times employing non-state proxies and terror groups to wage unconventional warfare within one another’s borders, and to gain leverage in Kashmir and neighbouring Afghanistan.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTerrorism and insurgency in Asia
Subtitle of host publicationa contemporary examination of terrorist and separatist movements
EditorsBenjamin Schreer, Andrew T. H. Tan
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780429031038, 9780429633737
ISBN (Print)9781857439182
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameEuropa Regional Perspectives


  • terrorism
  • Pakistan
  • insurgency


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