Pakistan's Counterterrorism Strategy: Separating Friends from Enemies

Author
Ayesha Siddiqa
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
The Washington Quarterly
Volume
34
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
Winter 2011
Institution
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Abstract
On October 1, 2010, the government of Pakistan shut down the supply route for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) after an incursion into Pakistan's territory by NATO forces, killing 16 Pakistanis in collateral damage. Two days later, militants torched 28 NATO supply trucks near Shikarpur in the southern province of Sindh. These events reflect the inherent tension both in Pakistan's counterterrorism strategy and in its relationship with the United States and its allies in fighting the war in Afghanistan. The future of U.S. military operations in South Asia depends on the convergence of policies between the United States and Pakistan, but since the war began in 2001, interpreting Islamabad's counterterrorism policy has been difficult.
Political Geography
Pakistan, United States