Poverty and its effects are very dangerous due to that every country have to face economy fluctuations and is a complex problem. It can trap people and leads to frustration and despair. Poverty in Pakistan is a growing manifold and is pre-dominantly in rural areas.
It’s become a common place in newspapers to blame poverty of fueling terrorism by creating a state of misery and frustration that pushes people to join terrorist organizations. While this doesn’t seem a totally groundless accusation – it makes sense and feeds the riches’ tormented conscience – more and more research shows that the effect of poverty on terrorism is not that straightforward.
It’s important to note that most of the time terrorists do come from poorer countries with high unemployment, and that terrorist organizations often provide much higher salaries than any other job, if any other job is available at all.
In fact, a lot of different factors interact with the decision to become a terrorist. Personal and cultural ideals, values, and principles are just as important as material and social gain (reputation & fame for fighting the imperialists) of entering terrorism.
Poverty is a shape of disaster in societies diseases are more widely spread because poor people cannot afford hygienic foods and pure drinking water which is much expensive.
It is concerned with basic need not provided to the people such as clean water, nutrition, health care, education, clothing and shelter, because of the powerlessness to afford them.
For some poverty is a way of life the day to day struggle of keeping food on the table and clothes on their back. For others it is something that is seen only on television, and even then it is not so easy to comprehend. Poor families experience much more stress than middle class families. Besides financial uncertainty, these families are more likely to be exposed to series of negative events including illness, depression, job loss, criminal oppression, and family death, homelessness, or extreme poverty, carries with it a particularly strong set of risks for families, especially children.
Now it becomes a giant which continuously horrifying the people and try to swallow the whole developmental resources and each effort towards the progress gong down as 45% population of Pakistan living below the poverty line and going on increasing everyday.
According to Pakistan’s planning commission poverty rate has jumped from 23.9 to 37.5 percent in the last three years. The commission has estimated that in 2005 there were 35.5 million people living below the poverty line but in 2008 their number increased to over 64 million. Consequently unemployment has also increased.
Moreover, 40 percent of the urban population lives in slum areas. Reduction in social sector spending is increasing poverty and has reduced the standard of living in the country.