Pak-US Strategic Partnership and Challenge of Internal Radical Symbiosis


  • Asif Salim Department of Political Science, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan | Department of Political Science, Emory University Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
  • Holli A. Semetko Department of Political Science, Emory University Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
  • Sania Zehraa Department of Politics and IR, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan | Department of Political Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, United States.



Militancy, Terrorism, Taliban, Jihad, Security, Radicalism, Pak-US Relations, Militancy in Pakistan


Pakistan’s efforts against the terrorism has entirely changed the security landscape of Pakistan. Growing waves of extremism, militancy and sectarianism emerged as a fundamental threat to the security of the state as the aftermath of 9/11. Different terrorist groups gathered under the umbrella of al-Qaeda and posed grave security challenges to the state. Although, their doctrinal philosophy and aims were stridently at contrast, but security situation compelled them to jointly chalk out a common strategy. Moreover, militants’ splinter groups with new leadership find out new source of funding which denied the upper hand of the security vanguards on them. The current paper at the first stage supplies deep analysis of the birth of various militant groups and on the next stage discusses different Jihadi, sectarian, and criminal groups’ closed nexus and their modus operandi. The outcome of the discussion shows that the benefits of marriage of convenience between the security apparatus and radical militants were less, but the impact was generational.


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How to Cite

Salim, A., Semetko, H., & Zehraa, S. . (2018). Pak-US Strategic Partnership and Challenge of Internal Radical Symbiosis. Liberal Arts and Social Sciences International Journal (LASSIJ), 2(1), 57–64.



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