The Making of Pakistani Human Bombs (Hardback)
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The Making of Pakistani Human Bombs (Hardback)

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Hardback 232 Pages / Published: 30/10/2015
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A multi-level analysis of Pakistani human bombs reveals that suicide terrorism is caused by multiple factors with perceived effectiveness, vengeance, poverty, and religious fundamentalism playing a varying role at the individual, organizational, and environmental levels. Nationalism and resistance to foreign occupation appear as the least relevant factors behind suicide terrorism in Pakistan. The findings of this research are based on a multi-level analysis of suicide bombings, incorporating both primary and secondary data. In this study, the author also decodes personal, demographic, economic and marital characteristics of Pakistani human bombs. On average, Pakistani suicide bombers are the youngest but the deadliest in the world, and more than 71 percent of their victims are civilians. Earlier concepts of a weak link linking terrorism with poverty and illiteracy do not hold up against the recent data gathered on the post-9/11 generation of fighters in Pakistan (in suicidal and non-suicidal categories), as the majority of fighters from a variety of terrorist organizations are economically deprived and semi-literate. The majority of Pakistani human bombs come from rural backgrounds, with very few from major urban centres. Suicide bombings in Pakistan remain a male-dominated phenomenon, with most bombers being single men. Demographic profiling of Pakistani suicide bombers, based on a random sample of 80 failed and successful attackers, dents the notion that American drone strikes play a primary role in promoting terrorism in all its manifestations. The study concludes that previous scholarly attempts to explain suicide bombings are largely based on Middle Eastern data, thus their application in the case of Pakistan can be misleading. The Pakistani case study of suicide terrorism demonstrates unique characteristics, hence it needs to be understood and countered through a context-specific and multi-level approach.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498516488
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 458 g
Dimensions: 237 x 158 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
What factors are responsible for the intensification of suicide attacks in Pakistan since 9/11? Which groups are primarily responsible for carrying out these attacks? What is the background of the attackers? Is suicide terrorism in Pakistan comparable to what is seen in the Middle East? Basing his book on interviews of unsuccessful suicide attackers, recorded videos of deceased attackers, and audio/video materials provided by terrorist groups themselves, Iqbal pieces together a picture of suicide terrorism in Pakistan. The author claims that feelings of revenge and the perceived effectiveness of the tactic are the primary motivating factors behind suicide attacks. Understanding the nature of suicide terrorism in Pakistan may make it possible to develop effective policies to address this problem. The author's findings shed light on the implications of the country's ongoing war against the Pakistani Taliban and its allied groups as well as the global war on terror. Iqbal deserves praise for his painstaking research and analysis of a phenomenon that is often reported in the news but rarely studied in depth. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. * CHOICE *
The book under review is the first analytical and an in depth study on what the author calls the making of Pakistani human bombs. . . .The book has useful information and data on suicide attacks in the form of Chronology of Suicide Attacks in Pakistan (1995-2012) and Profiling Suicide Bombers in Pakistan. It will significantly add to the existing literature on violence and terrorism in Pakistan with a focus on suicide bombers. * Pakistan Horizon *
The suicide bomber has become the single most effective and terrifying weapon of modern terrorism. Recently, Pakistan has suffered the world's third highest number of casualties from suicide bombs with more than 5000 individuals killed between 1995 and 2012 and countless more injured and seriously traumatised. The tactic has continued to pose a major threat to Pakistani national security, with the targets primarily the security forces, politicians and members of minority Muslim sects. However, by far, the majority of the victims have been innocent civilians. The Making of Pakistani Human Bombs by Khuram Iqbal is, therefore, a timely and highly important contribution to our understanding of this complex phenomenon. A professor with the National Defence University of Pakistan and fluent in Urdu and two major regional languages, Iqbal's background and previous employment, including that of a lecturer to various law enforcement agencies, has enabled him to undertake groundbreaking research into suicide bombing in Pakistan.... Further research is needed into suicide terrorism in Pakistan, particularly the precise role of radical and highly controversial interpretations of Islamic law which are used to justify the tactic as well as the use of the tactic in sectarian (as distinct from anti-regime) violence. The Making of Pakistani Human Bombs provides an excellent basis on which to conduct such research. * Critical Studies on Terrorism *
The Making of Pakistani Human Bombs is packed full of original information and valuable as a reference document.... [T]he book provides valuable insights into the Pakistan human bomber situation (which also affects Afghanistan and India), covering the period up to June 2014. * Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism *

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