For the past twenty years Pakistan has wrestled with terrorism. More than 60,000 Pakistanis have been killed as a result of terrorist attacks. Terrorism has caused tension with Pakistan’s neighbouring countries, with Iran, India and Afghanistan accusing Pakistan of complicity in attacks on their soil. It has also complicated Pakistan's relations with the United States, especially after the discovery that Osama bin Laden had been hiding in the country for years after 9/11.
Successive governments, including the present one led by Imran Khan, have struggled to curb terrorist activity by a series of groups, despite international pressure. This La Trobe Asia event will explore the growth and persistence of terrorism in Pakistan, the impact it has had on the country, and the international response to the problem.
Associate Professor C. Christine Fair (Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University)
Professor Ian Hall (International Relations and Deputy Director (Research) of Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University)
Dr Euan Graham (Executive Director - La Trobe Asia, La Trobe University) (Chair)
Recorded on 15 August 2019.