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Published Date: Oct 31, 2011

The Clash of Narratives Swat Military Operation against the Taliban (W-120)


The Pakistani state launched a major military operation against the
local Taliban militants on 8th May, 2009 in Swat, which is situated in
Pakistan’s north-west province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that borders
Afghanistan. The state
simultaneously initiated an anti-Taliban propaganda campaign to create
legitimacy and consensus for the operation. This study analyses the
in anti-Taliban narrative(s) of the Pakistani state, as mediated in the
The study analyses the anti-Taliban narrative in media texts, where it
mediated. It uses the media reports of Dawn and Nawa-i-Waqt, Pakistan’s
leading newspapers, and undertakes a critical discourse analysis to
examine the
social conditioning of the state propaganda. The study determines that
anti-Taliban narratives of the state clash with the overall state
which has ironically not undergone any radical transformation in the
era. The state ideology is ‘Islamic’ and it revolves around a national
discourse in which the Indian threat, both the real and perceived, plays
vital role. Even though the anti-Taliban narratives in the Swat
campaign served the state’s immediate objectives of demonizing the
they are inherently ineffective in challenging the entire discourse
discourse in Pakistan.
The study argues that Pakistan’s
war on terror efforts can be best investigated in its communicative
practices. The
duality of the state’s response to terrorism should be looked at as a
practice of the state rather than a tactical problem. Therefore, the
Military Operation, or Operation Rah-i-Raast, serves as a case study.