Suicide bombing is one of the ugliest and the most menacing forms of terrorism plaguing Pakistan. The person blowing himself up is merely a tool and it is not possible to devise a fool-proof mechanism to foil every suicide bombing attempt. Clearly identifying the factors that make the bomber commit this heinous act is the key to uprooting this evil. Many reasons and explanations have been put forth by government officials, law enforcement personnel, academics and other sections of the society. Without a doubt, it is a very complex issue which has its roots in a number of factors including religious extremism, foreign intervention, political instability, economic conditions, poverty, etc. Several studies have identified that the youth of the tribal areasfrom where most suicide bombers are recruited, are driven by a set of factors including hatred of government policies, lack of education, unemployment and the severe lack of basic amenities. The present study evaluated the data on such incidents in Pakistan from 2001to 2009 by applying the descriptive statistical techniques. The data on such attacks as per Islamic calendar showed a systematic pattern however the trend does not indicate the retaliation within the different sects of the religion. The study highlights the need to find out the country specific reasons of such attacks.
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Copyright (c) 2011 Prof. Dr. Rana Saba Sultan, Faisal Sultan Qadri, Ms. Ambreen Fazal