The current study is an attempt to identify the true
nature of terrorism in the Pakhtun region that mainly
took place during 2001-2013. Although the study heavily relies on
secondary data analysis, however numerous unstructured interviews and
group discussions with experts has also been carried out to thoroughly
understand the issue at hand. The study finds that terrorism in the
Pakhtun region has neither been a struggle for the imposition of Sharia
nor a Pakhtun nationalist movement. Based on the investigation of the
available literature, the study concludes that it has been a politically
motivated struggle for the acquisition of power. The study suggests that
the writ of the state should be implemented in letter and spirit in the
erstwhile FATA region.
1-Abdul Shakoor : Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, KP, Pakistan.