TITLE

Impact of terrorism on Pakistan

AUTHOR(S)
Abbasi, Nadia Mushtaq
PUB. DATE
June 2013
SOURCE
Strategic Studies;Jun2013, Vol. 32 Issue 4&1, p33
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The last decade has seen the escalation of instability, insecurity and political violence in the country as a result of Pakistan's role as a "frontline state" in the Global War on Terrorism. Pakistan is paying a huge price in this war. However, not much work has been done on the subject specifically in tabulating the losses of Pakistan in this war. This study tries to fill that gap by identifying the human, economic, political, social and psychological impacts of terrorism on Pakistan. In terms of human losses, more than 52,000 people, including civilians, personnel of law enforcement agencies, and troops have been killed in terrorist attacks between 2002-2013. The exacerbation of domestic security challenges has exacted an extremely high cost on the economy, both in terms of direct costs of the fight against extremism, as well as in terms of a knock on effect on investment inflows and market confidence. Social impacts of this prolonged war are horrendous. In order to sustain their activities, militant organizations have established close nexus with criminal networks, which has resulted in increase in crime rate across Pakistan. Sectarian violence and target killing are the new tools of the terrorists. The psychological impact of terrorism is the most underestimated implication although it has the direst consequences for Pakistan.
ACCESSION #
95044435

 

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