go to top

No Shortcuts for Pakistan on Counterterrorism

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

On April 5, the Obama administration delivered a stark evaluation of Pakistan's counterterrorism campaign to Congress, stating that "there remains no clear path toward defeating the insurgency" (.pdf) festering in the country's northwestern regions. Over the past decade, militants have killed thousands of Pakistani civilians and wreaked devastation on the country's fragile economy. And since 2001, 2,575 Pakistani soldiers have been killed in counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations. Why, then, have Pakistan's leaders failed to develop a comprehensive counterterrorism strategy?

It is true that Pakistan has made important progress against militancy in recent years. Starting in mid-2009, the army began a series of full-scale military offensives. Today more than 147,000 Pakistani troops -- many of them repositioned from Pakistan's eastern border with its historic rival, India -- are fighting militants in the border areas. ...

Want to Read the Rest?
Login or Subscribe Today.
Get unlimited access to must-read news, analysis and opinion from top experts. Subscribe to World Politics Review and you'll receive instant access to 9,000+ articles in the World Politics Review Library, along with new comprehensive analysis every weekday . . . written by leading topic experts.

YES, I want to subscribe now.