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Pakistan and (counter) terrorism? It’s complicated

Pakistan is faced with a serious Islamist terrorist threat and accusations that it supports other terrorists: what gives?

Episode 174 – Pakistan and (counter) terrorism? It’s complicated

To say that Pakistan lives in a dangerous part of the world is a vast understatement. Afghanistan (and the Taliban) to the left, India (and the Hindu nationalists/extremists) to the right, and violent actors in Balochistan to the south. As a consequence, it suffers from a high number of terrorist attacks. It too, is accused of sponsoring terrorism in the contested Jammu & Kashmir territory in India. What is this all about? A conversation with a former Pakistani law enforcement officer.

Pakistan mosque blast: Police targeted in suicide attack that kills 59 – BBC News

Terrorism Assessment, Balochistan (

About my guest

Muhammad Farooq is currently working on an MA in Criminology at the University of Windsor. He operated as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer for 10 years in Pakistan with the Anti Narcotics Force, dealing with narcotics interdiction, criminal prosecution and money laundering related to narcotics offences. He was an officer in-charge at 8 different stations and participated in more than 150 interdictions operations during his service.

Canadian Intelligence Eh

In a world of multiple voices and opinions it can be very hard to know where to turn.  One choice is to look to those who actually worked in counter-terrorism in the national security world. In these half-hour podcasts, 30-year Canadian intelligence veteran Phil Gurski is joined by a fascinating array of individuals with something meaningful to say about these issues as they provide insight into what they mean and what we need to do about them.

About Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Distinguished Fellow in National Security at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specialising in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation. He is the author of six books on terrorism, including the second edition of The Peaceable Kingdom: A history of terrorism in Canada from Confederation to the present, published by Double Dagger in February 2023.

By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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