Dec 24, 2021·edited Dec 24, 2021

In Pakistan, every act, in some cases non-violent protests against the government, can be charged under anti-terrorism laws - pretty vague definition; in fact, I believe the so-called war on global terror has given the states immense powers to label anyone a terrorist.

Secondly, violent extremism and terrorism are "conflated" because of the use of violence - I don't think there is any difference between terrorism and extremism if violence is removed/added from the equation, isn't that the case?

But what has always puzzled me is the difference between militants and terrorists - when/how does a militant become a terrorist: is it the use of violence against civilian that makes someone a terrorist because groups dubbed as militant often refrain from using force against civilians.

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