This paper investigates the major trends and
developments that are considered responsible for the rise
of religious militancy in Pakistan. It also analyzes the impacts of this
phenomenon. The research focuses on investigating the causes of its
expansion and intensity in the recent past and how it has affected the
society and state because religious extremism and religiously motivated
violence has emerged as a serious challenge for the security and stability
of Pakistan. The study is descriptive, and the mode of inquiry is
qualitative though supplemented by quantitative data in the form of
tables and graphs. Major findings suggest that wave after wave of violent
religious extremism has grave domestic implications. The domestic
implications range from social problems to economic and political issues.
It is observed that growth in religious extremism and subsequent
militancy at the domestic level cannot be de-hyphenated from the foreign
relations of Pakistan, especially with its immediate neighbors like India,
Afghanistan and Iran, as well as major powers like China and the U.S.
1-Saiqa Hanif : Associate Lecturer, Department of Political Science & IR, University of Gujrat, Punjab, Pakistan.2-Sultan Mubariz Khan : Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science & IR, University of Gujrat, Punjab, Pakistan.3-Shafqat Rasool : PhD Scholar, Department of Political Science & IR, University of Gujrat, Punjab, Pakistan.
Extremism, Violence, Terrorism, Minorities, Foreign Relations, Human Rights