Pakistan’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy with Viable Recommendations


  • Zahid Islam Department of Political Science, University of the Punjab, Lahore
  • Mubeen Adnan Department of Political Science, University of the Punjab, Lahore
  • Musharaf Ali Talpur Abida Taherani Sindh Development Studies Centre (ATSDSC), University of Sindh, Jamshoro


Counter Terrorism, National Counter Terrorism Authority, Pakistan


Pakistan has been a victim of terrorist activities for the past two decades. No place has been left out as not only military installations, training centers of law enforcing agencies were targeted but soft belly targets like schools, hospitals, mosques, public parks, courts, hotels and restaurants were also chosen by the terrorists. Pakistan Army is a team of professionals having a mastery at their work have been fighting the menace of terrorism effectively but Army alone cannot control it to the fullest without the will and support of the general public and without a ‘hand & glove’ relation with other facets of the society. The objective of this article is to analyze those factors which gave birth to terrorism in Pakistan. Keeping in mind theoretical nature of the study, secondary data analysis method has been used to argue the issue. This study determines that the military operations are not the only solution to counter terrorism in the Pakistan but public opinion, political will and a close and friendly cooperation and coordination is a must to address the issue. Need of the hour is to take all the political, social and economic stakeholders onboard to tackle the issue, of terrorism bluntly.