The Fallacy of State Rhetoric: Pakistan, Haqqani Network and Terror in Afghanistan

Wolf, Siegfried O.

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This SADF Focus is based on the notion that terrorism is a political strategy and can be utilized by any actor whether they be individuals, organized groups or loose networks, domestic and international organizations, or even states. Subsequently, the article argues that states can be also terrorist actors and that state terror has to be included in the study of terrorism. Against this backdrop, the analysis sheds light on Pakistan’s role in supporting terrorism as an instrument to achieve its foreign policy goals, especially in Afghanistan. By elaborating on the latest 19 April 2016 terrorist attack in Kabul, it will be pointed out that Pakistan’s counter-terrorism campaign is aimed primarily at improving internal security and is conducted at the expense of the fight against cross-border terrorism. Furthermore, the anti-terror activities did not primarily eradicate terrorism but rather strengthened the formal role of the military in Pakistani politics. This article is not only questioning Pakistan’s earnestness and credibility in counter-terrorism but assumes its actions further stifle changes in the country’s foreign and security policy. In consequence, it appears that Pakistan still follows the old patterns of state support for terror/state-sponsored terrorism.

Document type: Article
Publisher: South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF)
Place of Publication: Brussels
Date: 2016
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2021 11:41
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Political science
Military science
Controlled Keywords: Pakistan, Terrorismus, Politik, Islam
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pakistan, Haqqani-Netzwerk, grenzüberschreitender Terrorismus, Staatsterrorismus, Beziehungen Afghanistan-Pakistan, Beziehungen Indien-Pakistan, Zivil-militärische Beziehungen / Pakistan, Haqqani Network, Cross-Border Terrorism, State Terrorism, Afghanistan-Pakistan relations, India-Pakistan relations, Civil-Military Relations
Subject (classification): Politics
Countries/Regions: Pakistan
other countries
Series: Themen > SADF Focus
Volume: 13