Radicalization and Prevention: A Case Study of Youth in Quetta


  • Dilawar Khan Peace and Justice Network Pakistan
  • Najeeba Syed


Identity, Radicalization, Prevention, Youth, Religion, Positive Engagement,


This study examines the radicalization of youth in Quetta and proposes preventive strategies. The research study is based on a context-specific area, Quetta, which is a multi-ethnic region comprising different communities and groups. This paper argues that young people are inclined towards radical ideologies due to a multitude of factors, including a lack of education, scarce employment opportunities, and an unequal distribution of resources. It investigates various factors influencing youth radicalization, such as identity perceptions, education, emerging tendencies, viewpoints on violence, government preferences, and gender equality perceptions. The research employing purposive data sampling, and diverse data collection techniques, such as surveys, focus groups, and interviews, aims to provide a scientific and comprehensive understanding of radicalization trends among young people in Quetta. Moreover,  Social Identity Theory is applied to the analysis of the collected data, which suggests that youth join radical groups for identity and a sense of belonging. Such an understanding enables us to recognize the crucial role of youth in shaping a prosperous and dynamic society. The findings will contribute to the existing knowledge on this specific topic, which is useful for decision makers to devise informed and contextualized decisions regarding deradicalization and youth. The study advocates for engaging young people as "youth leaders" in peace-building and social harmony, aiming to foster just communities.



How to Cite

Khan, D., & Syed, N. (2024). Radicalization and Prevention: A Case Study of Youth in Quetta. Journal of Global Peace and Security Studies (JGPSS), 5(1). Retrieved from https://journals.pakistanreview.com/index.php/JGPSS/article/view/304