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Title: Pakistan at crossroads : war against terrorism and international law
Author: Akbar, Muqarrab
ISNI:       0000 0004 5372 9209
Awarding Body: Glasgow Caledonian University
Current Institution: Glasgow Caledonian University
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis examines the contribution of Pakistan in the war on terror and problems faced by Pakistan due to this War. It explores selected legal issues of the War on Terror, particularly those relevant to Pakistan. To achieve this, the existing literature on Pakistan's decision to join the War, Pakistan's contribution in the War and its effects on the country are analysed. The research is focused on the Pak-US relations and selected aspects of International Law. A field work through interviews, short sample survey and focus groups are conducted to investigate the opinion of the people in Pakistan regarding the War. Through a snapshot of the history, this thesis examines the phenomenon of terrorism. It provides a general understanding of the phenomenon of Terrorism and examines the roots of terrorism in Pakistan particularly with reference to the Afghanistan factor. The study shows that Pakistan's support and contribution in the War on Terror have incited anti-war sentiments at home, whereas its sacrifice and efforts in countering terrorism have not been recognised at the international level. This study explains that both the internal factors and external dynamics are playing a negative role in achieving the objectives of the War on Terror. Some attention is paid to selected aspects of International Law especially those that have affected the Pak-US strategic partnership in general and the War on Terror in particular, such as drone strikes and violation of Human rights. The thesis shows how the divided public opinion in Pakistan has affected the War on Terror. The successive divergence of interests between Pakistan and US resulted into mistrust between the partners, and in turn, in achieving the objectives of the War on Terror. It also shows that the Policy makers in Pakistan have been unsuccessful in getting the public opinion on board regarding the policies of the War. The thesis concludes that Pakistan's strategic foundations, US policies and the Indian threat are fundamental problems in the alliance with US in the War against Terrorism. There is, therefore, a need to redefine and restructure the Pakistan's foreign policy in general and in the War on Terror in particular to help in mitigating the issue of terrorism in the country.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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