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Defining Terrorism in Pakistani Anti-Terrorism Law

Iqbal, Khurshid; Shah, Niaz A.


Khurshid Iqbal


We critically examine the definition of ‘terrorism’ in the Anti-Terrorism 1997 of Pakistan and as it is interpreted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan under the principle of legality in criminal and human rights law standards. We conclude that the definition of terrorism under the Anti-Terrorism Act does not pass the test of the principle of legality and the jurisprudence of the Supreme Court of Pakistan is inconsistent confounding the situation further. We recommend that Pakistan, following the principle of legality and human rights standards, amend the current definition of terrorism as an overbroad definition could be misused and abused leading to human rights violations.


Iqbal, K., & Shah, N. A. (2018). Defining Terrorism in Pakistani Anti-Terrorism Law. Global journal of comparative law, 7(2), 272-302.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 12, 2018
Publication Date Aug 14, 2018
Deposit Date Feb 14, 2018
Publicly Available Date Aug 15, 2020
Print ISSN 2211-9051
Electronic ISSN 2211-906X
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 2
Pages 272-302
Series ISSN 2211-9051
Keywords Human rights; Principle of legality; Anti-Terrorism Act 1997; Terrorism
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