Transnational Militant Network in Pakistan: An Analysis of Al Qaeda and Islamic State

  • Maryam Azam
Keywords: Al Qaeda, Islamic State, Pakistan, militancy, Terrorist organizations


The presence of international militant networks within Pakistani territory became a major security challenge to Pakistan. The diffusion of Al Qaeda and Islamic State from the tribal belt to the urban centers of Pakistan expounds their capability of networking within the local settings. This paper intends to illustrate the presence, links and structure of Al-Qaeda and Islamic State in Pakistan through a qualitative analysis by using descriptive and exploratory approach. The article insight the formation and presence of Al Qaeda and Islamic State in Pakistan, which has become a main fault line of militant nexus particularly after the post 9/11 developments.