COUNTER-TERRORISM STRATEGIES OF THE MUSHARRAF REGIME IN FATA
Pakistan is a security centric state. It is neither located in Western Europe nor in East Asia to have people-centric and economy centric foreign and domestic policies. South Asia is a difficult political terrain, which does not allow states to focus on other issues at the expense of security, therefore, it is always been the top priority of all South Asian states, especially of Pakistan due to its profoundly dangerous relationship with India, which already converted East Pakistan into Bangladesh in December 1971. There are some experts and political analysts who are critical of Pakistan’s foreign policy towards India and Afghanistan. They are of the opinion that Pakistan should focus on economy, poverty, unemployment and lawlessness instead of security. They do not consider geo-strategic threats as real and India as actual enemy of Pakistan. The totally ignore the advice of neo-realists that International system is anarchic, states have to focus on their security to survive in an anarchic international system.