What this research work does is to explore the relationship
between radicalization and social traditions of Badal
(revenge) in the tribal area of Pakistan. What is argued is that when someone
is not guilty of any crime or not involved in any unlawful acts but killed even
by the most powerful like Americans, his revenge is considered to be a social
obligation by his closer kin of the family. In this process, they may sometimes
join organizations like Al-Qaeda or the Taliban in vengeance and often
become an active member of a terrorist organization. What may be
established is that it is not a religion but the social customs of that particular
area that help the locals undergo an unavoidable process of radicalization.
For any tribesman, fixing revenge is so important as only this way the victim
can live with honor among his community.
1-Ayaz Ali Shah: Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, KP, Pakistan.2-Nelofar Ehsan: Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, KP, Pakistan.3-Hina Malik: Demonstrator, Department of Political Science, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, KP, Pakistan.