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Identification of Potential Terrorism: The Problem and Implications for Law Enforcement in Pakistan

Fasihuddin

Abstract
In South Asia, Pakistan is in a situation to prevent the growth of terrorist activities. In this
context, it is necessary to identify and define certain important components of terrorism and
characteristics of terrorists that have shown to be of relevance to the phenomenon of
globalization of terrorism. The immediate effects of all terrorist activities in Pakistan are
dealt with at a local level by law enforcement agencies and other institutions responsible for
disaster management. We know that there are definitional difficulties in explaining what
terrorism is, however, lack of definitional consensus does not mean that common
characteristics of terrorist activities within the existing definitions of terrorism do not exist.
This applies to all kinds of terrorism, the list of which is generally found in a plethora of
relevant literature. This paper is an attempt to identify the potential terrorist activities in
Pakistan from a law enforcement perspective and analyze the problems and implications for
police officials.

Keywords: Terrorism; Law Enforcement; Pakistan; Terrorists; Victims.