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The Big Picture – Is Pakistan losing its war on terror?

Summary:

Terrorism in Pakistan has become a major and highly destructive phenomenon in recent years. The annual death toll from terrorist attacks has risen from 164 in 2003 to 3318 in 2009.

The recent attack on the school children in Pakistan by terrorists has set off a global outrage.

The Pakistan which has been at the receiving end for quite some time now for harbouring and encouraging terror elements now finds itself the victim of it.

This incident has come up as a wake- up call for Pakistan government, its army and the people.

With already an estimated 40000 Pakistani lives lost to terror attacks the Pakistani government and army are under huge pressure both internally and internationally.

Terrorists have hit back in the course of war which is going on in Pakistan.

Pakistan military establishment has been selective in its war on terror.

Lack of coordinated strategy has been the reason for such problems.

Many consider that Pakistan has been playing both sides in the fight against terror, on the one hand, pretending to help curtail terrorist activities while on the other, supporting it.

The intensification of war on terrorism has received a blow back from terrorists in this way.

Regional counter terror mechanism of information sharing and joint action are necessary to deal with such problems.

Afghanistan is ready to join hands with Pakistan against terrorism.