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Radicalisation

Radicalisation

It has been a year of unfolding statistics. Some 400,000 refugees have attempted to enter Europe this year, many fleeing the war in Syria. A much smaller, yet equally significant…

Jobs and jihad

EVER SINCE terrorism — specifically the jihadist variety — has stalked the globe, a common refrain has been that radicalised young men need to be educated and given job opportunities…

Sources of militancy

WHEN he launched this year’s Human Development Report, UNDP’s resident representative in Pakistan, Ignacio Artaza, said that terrorism is often a reflection of inequality. Those who favour such socioeconomic explanations…

Pakistan’s Threat Landscape In 2019

Pakistan’s threat landscape in 2019

In 2019, the downward trajectory of terrorist incidents continued in Pakistan. Since the Army Public School attack in December 2014, Pakistan has come a long way in its fight against…

About A Counter-narrative

About a counter-narrative

Disappointed at the government’s failure to develop a narrative to counter the militant extremists’ explanation for their terrorist activities, the judiciary and civil society organisations are offering alternative narratives and…

The Return Of IS

The return of IS

The operation to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from the grip of the militant Islamic State group may take a few more weeks, or maybe even months. But the…

Reaping The Whirlwind

Reaping the whirlwind

The targets may be different but the perpetrators of the two deadly attacks carried out in Balochistan in the space of one month are the same. The responsibility of the…

Can Pakistan’s F-16s Fight Terror?

Can Pakistan’s F-16s fight terror?

Pakistan says it desperately wants Lockheed-Martin Block-V F-16 fighter-bombers at $87 million apiece for fighting terrorists in tribal badlands such as North Waziristan. An order for eight jets has already…