Pakistan: Terrorism Ground Zero. Rohan Gunaratna and Khuram Iqbal. London: Reaktion Books, 2010. Pp. 352. (Book Review)


The book “Pakistan Terrorism Ground Zero” considers the US-led invasion of Afghanistan and the subsequent relocation of Al-Qaeda to FATA as the square one of terrorism in Pakistan. Rohan Gunaratna and Khuram Iqbal have made a formidable effort to comprehensively highlight the issue of terrorism in Pakistan. Notably, the book provides key insights into the organisational and operational aspects of terrorist activity in Pakistan. However, undertaking a critical appraisal of this book, I find certain limitations and gaps in engaging with the broader narrative on extremism and radicalisation in Pakistan; a product of which is terrorism. Nonetheless, “Pakistan Terrorism Ground Zero” offers a valuable understanding of the terrorist groups operating in Pakistan and presents a narrative where, more than an architect, Pakistan is a victim of terrorism.

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