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Pakhtun Cultural Values, Terrorism and the Contextual Meaning of Violence

Abdul Shakoor

Abstract
Although violence may be a part of the Pakhtun culture but it is not causally related to
terrorism. In fact the socially controlled and limited-in-scope violence in the Pakhtun society
has no causal relationship with the Taliban-form of terrorism whose ideology transcends
national boundaries. Recruitment to and activities of the Taliban clearly indicate that neither
is culturally driven.

Keywords: Violence, Terrorism, Pakhtun Cultural Values