Pakistan and U. S war on Terror :
Terrorism is a political term, a Kashmir freedom fighter is a terrorist to India. However 9/11 attacks were followed by a change in global narratives, especially on terrorism. The offensive initiated by united states after the attack on world trade center twin towers changed the dimension of terrorism.
GWOT(global war on terror) came to signify all efforts including political, legal, ideological and military against organizations labeled as terrorists in addition to governments /states supporting them. Hence, “Pakistan emerged as a non NATO Ally”in GWOT, to hunt down Al-Qaeda and other militant islamist groups. This war into its 19th year, against terrorism has many short and long term repercussions for Pakistan.
The alliance helped Pakistan to overcome the sanctions, to get economic as well as military assistance and to end its international isolation, it also got the stats of non NATO Ally. On the other hand, Pakistan is paying a heavy price in socio strategic fields. It suffered immeasurable loss in the global war on terror. It faced gravest foreign policy predicaments and had to revise its afghan policy and found difficulties in its diplomacy while supporting the freedom struggle of Kashmir.
“any action, which is intended to cause death or serious bodily harm to civilians or non combatants, when the purpose of such an act, by its nature or context, is to intimidate a population or to compel a government or an international organization to do or to abstain from any act”.
State VS. Terrorism
Terrorism can have different connotation for people having different worldview respectively. Through, it originated in Europe, when there was a general anarchy terrorism after GWOT has come to known as a different idea. It is a politically charged term now.,Palestinian freedom fighters are brandished as terrorists by Israel. However, terrorism is a method which states have also adopted as their policy.