The terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, triggered a transformation of world politics. This unimaginable assault on the US mainland was arguably more destructive than the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. It traumatized not only the American people but the whole world. Its pride and confidence was deeply hurt, and consequently, the US seethed with anger and the urge for revenge. Government leaders would soon look for help from middle east countries like Pakistan as they begin to wage a war on terror.
American accusation at Osama bin Laden, and a sense of crises and foreboding dominated the air in Islamabad primarily because of both its geographical location and being the sole supporter of Taliban. Pakistan was bound to face painful choices in the days ahead, but in the end they decided to go with US.
Pakistan emerged as reliable ally for US in the war on terror. The Pakistanian government initiated a ban on many groups throughout their country, like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Lashkar-e-Jhangwi, and stopped them from using their power. From 2002 to the present, Pakistan remained a close and most important partner of the US government because of its strategic importance. Pakistan provided the US with unprecedented overflight and landing rights for all necessary military intelligence operations, intelligence information, territorial access to USA and military intelligence, and other personnel to conduct operations against AL Qaida. Pakistan also participated in the effort to cut off all shipments of fuel to Taliban. They even tried to stop Taliban recruits from going to Afghanistan.
Although the Pakistan government provided full support to the US, the Pakistanis believed that the American war on terror was a ruse to hide their interest in dominating the world. Thus, anti US feelings arose giving rise to today’s notion that Pakistan is probably the most anti-American country in the world.
The war on terror gave a great blow to Pakistan’s economy, and brought a shift in the tendencies of people. The most destructive effect was the promotion and consequently adoption of a Jihadi culture in society. Jihadi ideals were cultivated during this war as a big number of seminaries and militant organizations were established in Pakistan. This Jihadi campaign successfully had a deep influence on the common people as many in this middle east country began to devote their lives to Jihad.
This war led Pakistani society to sectarianism and extremism . During this war on terror, the loss of human lives has been immense as more than 52,000 members of law enforcement agencies, and military troops have been killed. From 2002-2013 the loss of life has escalated in Pakistan. Economically, the war on terror cost Pakistan 35 billion dollars in investments and infrastructure losses. Sectarian violence and target killing are the new tools of the terrorists. In fact, the threat of terrorism in Pakistan has significantly increased, and as a result, there are many serious implications. Today, Pakistan is one of the nations most effected by terrorism. There is no denying that the Pakistanian nation has more terrorist attacks than any other country including Iraq and Afghanistan.
Written by Srrah Ch