BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Summer 2022

Date of Submission



Yumna Fatima, Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


For more than a decade now, the actions of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan have been on the news. Demands for sharia law, suicide bombings, target killings, vengeance – all have been repeatedly talked about. Almost every citizen of Pakistan is aware of the militant organization’s crimes; each one of us has suffered. This research, conducted by one of those citizens who also happens to be a national security student, focuses on the root causes of the formation of TTP. It also sheds light on the organization’s ideologies, strategies and tactics highlighting the militant group’s own rationale behind each of these aspects. The first two chapters provide a contrast between the government’s threat perceptions and the TTP’s reception of the decisions made according to those perceptions. The last chapter analyzes the government’s efforts to negotiate with TTP and the formation of security policies. To sum up, this project provides a critical analysis of the historic decisions made by the state of Pakistan and its faulty policy recommendations along with the challenges it still faces posing the question of whether its decision makers learned from their past mistakes or is the future going to be all the more consequential.



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