Fighting terrorism: can Pakistan overcome its negative image?

Nisar, Tehseen

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The debate on whether Pakistan can be considered a trustworthy actor in the international arena has surfaced again. Recent events have shown that Pakistan is capable of prudence and moderation when dealing with non-aligned South Asian powers, which is a welcome, (if relative), improvement in its international image. The fact that Pakistan remains under continuous global scrutiny regarding terrorist-related activities is well known; however, a true commitment to the fight against terrorism by the current government can go a long way in reshaping Pakistan’s credibility. To what extent can Pakistan’s counter-terrorist initiatives be trusted is thus far unknown. The task is immense, and it remains to be seen whether Pakistan can transform itself from a country that exports terrorism to a country that promotes peace and harmony both regionally and internationally. This article focuses on this bold new Pakistani ambition, which is led by the country’s new government under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan. We have witnessed bans on organisations and networks known to financially support terrorist activities locally, regionally and internationally, and Islamabad has also put forward claims to curb terrorism and militancy. Will we finally witness the rise of Pakistan as a credible and responsible global actor?

Document type: Article
Publisher: South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF)
Place of Publication: Brussels
Date: 2019
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2021 12:15
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Political science
Military science
Controlled Keywords: Pakistan, Terrorismus, Bekämpfung
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pakistan, Südasien, Terrorismus, Militanz, Imran Khan, Islamabad, internationale Rolle, nationaler Aktivismus, politisches Image / Pakistan, South Asia, terrorism, militancy, Imran Khan, Islamabad, international role, national activism, political image
Subject (classification): Politics
Countries/Regions: Pakistan
Series: Themen > SADF Focus
Volume: 42