Counter-Insurgency in Pakistan: The Role of Legitimacy

  title={Counter-Insurgency in Pakistan: The Role of Legitimacy},
  author={Anatol Lieven},
  journal={Small Wars \& Insurgencies},
  pages={166 - 190}
  • A. Lieven
  • Published 2 January 2017
  • Political Science
  • Small Wars & Insurgencies
Abstract The Pakistani security forces have won their fight against the insurgency of the Pakistani Taliban, though terrorism will remain a serious problem for the foreseeable future. Victory was won not chiefly on the basis of new tactics, but of the recovery of legitimacy for the campaign among the population and the armed forces. This occurred when the war came to be seen as one waged not in the interests of the USA, but for the defence of Pakistan. In Balochistan, the nationalist insurgency… 
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