Militancy in Pakistan: Rebottling the Genie
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Though the problem of militancy in Pakistan initially began with the Kashmir dispute, it exploded with the encouragement of jihad to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s. When the 911 attacks prompted the U.S. to invade Afghanistan with Pakistans support, it grew exponentially. This paper argues that Pakistan can overcome this problem through a comprehensive approach by redefining its policy for dealing with militancy in Pakistan. The paper begins by first defining militancy and clarifying how the paper uses the term. It then examines the causes of militancy in Pakistan, ranging from internal to external factors and how militancy has affected the state at home and abroad. Based upon the papers analysis, it then recommends ways Pakistan can address these factors to allow it to put the genie of militancy back in the bottle. These recommendations include the resolution of the Kashmir issue, the improvement of Pakistans governance, and the provision of international support.
- Government and Political Science
- Unconventional Warfare