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Pakistan’s Decision to Join US War on Terror and Repercussion for Pakistan


  1. Muhammad Abid Nazir
    Ph. D Scholar, Department of Political Science, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
  2. Dr. Gulshan Majeed
    Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan


Dating back to 2001, soon after assuming power, Musharraf regime faced with the question regarding Pakistan’s stance on War on Terror (WOT). History dictates that Musharraf’s decision of presenting Pakistan as a front-line state in the US-sponsored War on Terror (WOT) is the most controversial decision of his times. Various factors coerced Musharraf to offer un-stinted assistance to the US. The empirical and descriptive analysis built on Musharraf's decision to become a part of the US-launched global mission against terrorism, which mainly targeted Al-Qaeda based in Afghanistan, demonstrates two contrasting opinions. One of the arguments is floated by government exponents who believe that the decision was a rational response to the changing global scenario. Whereas, the other segment declares that the decision was entirely taken to cater to personal interests and was not at all in the favor of the nation. However, this decision impacted Pakistan in the longer run. This articles attempts to critically analyse Pakistan’s decision and thoroughly discuss the consequences faced. The study aimed to understand the decision made by Pakitan to join war on terror. Its key objective is to thoroughly examine the consequences faced by Pakistan in the aftermath of joining the WOT. The study adopted qualitative approach (i.e. using existing body of literature-books, newspaper, journal articles to draw conclusion). Findings reveal that Pakistan faced economic, social, as well as psychological consequences for joining the US-led war on terror. Moreover, country’s image on global level was also severely tarnished.

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Pakistan, Repercussions, US-led, WOT


Article # 43
Volume # 2
Issue # 3

DOI info

DOI Number: 10.47205/jdss.2021(2-III)43
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