Defining Terrorism in National Laws: An Overview of the Definition of Terrorism in the Anti-Terrorism Act of Pakistan (1997)

Journal of Law and Society Vol. XLVII, No. 69, 2016

12 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2019

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Dr. Asif Khan

NUST; University of Malakand; University ofSalzburg; Bahria University - Bahria University, Islamabad

Pervaiz Khan

Bahria University

Date Written: September 24, 2019

Abstract

The definition of terrorism has always remained a relative issue. The definition is adopted in perspective of dealing with the issue in a relative manner. The paper examines how differently the term has been defined by various states in their statutes. This highlights the problem in the definition of terrorism especially in context of Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 in Pakistan. The analysis of various definitions highlights the common elements adopted in order to cope with a special issue of terrorism. The definitions adopted in the anti-terrorism act in Pakistan is then analysed through the broader scope of subjective and objective elements within the definition. The study is focused upon the theoretical analysis of the relative framework adopted in Pakistan through the anti-terrorism act in Pakistan. The study is based upon content analysis whereby different definitions are examined. The common elements within the definitions are examined relatively and the definition adopted within the ATA in Pakistan is examined.

Suggested Citation

Khan, Asif and Khan, Pervaiz, Defining Terrorism in National Laws: An Overview of the Definition of Terrorism in the Anti-Terrorism Act of Pakistan (1997) (September 24, 2019). Journal of Law and Society Vol. XLVII, No. 69, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3458805

Asif Khan (Contact Author)

NUST ( email )

Pakistan

University of Malakand ( email )

Chakdara Dir (lower)
N.W.F.P 42000
Pakistan

University ofSalzburg ( email )

Bahria University - Bahria University, Islamabad ( email )

Islamabad
Pakistan

Pervaiz Khan

Bahria University ( email )

44000 Islamabad
Pakistan

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