The rise of radical Barelvi Islam in Pakistan

By Kriti M. Shah, Observer Research Foundation Dated: November 13, 2018 In November 2018, the Pakistan government agreed to a deal with violent Islamist protestors, who had brought the country to a standstill for three days. The protestors were members of hardline Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan or TLP, who were against the acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman accused of blasphemy in 2010. Her crime was that she took a sip of water from a well that was not meant for her and then she allegedly insulted Prophet Mohammad. In the…

Indian Scholars refute obscurantist Pakistani Mufti Muneeb’s Fatwa declaring Land Transactions and Muamalat with Hindus to be forbidden in Kashmir

By New Age Islam Group of Scholars Dated: May 04, 2020 An obscurantist, fundamentalist Mullah from Pakistan, Mufti Muneebur Rahman, of Darul Ifta Jamia Nayimia Karachi has issued a fatwa, clearly under the influence of Pakistan’s Deep State, that makes every Muslim hang his head in shame. Is this Islam, one feels like asking, in the way a grief-stricken Muslim mother asked on 16 December 2014 in Peshawar, after the Taliban massacred 149 small children and teachers in a Pakistani Army school. This despicable cleric, speaking in the manner of many…

IS Footprint in Pakistan: Nature of Presence, Method of Recruitment, and Future Outlook

By Farhan Zahid, RSIS Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses Volume 9, Issue 5 | May 2017 Since its formation in 2014, terrorist attacks and violent incidents linked to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group have risen steadily in Pakistan. IS in Pakistan has been active, with varying degrees, in all four provinces of the country and has forged tactical alliances with like-minded local militant groups. Looking ahead, IS is likely to assert its dominance through local affiliates in urban centres of Pakistan, specifically the Punjab province. Introduction In June 2014,…

Domination of Pakistan by Radical Islamists

By P.K. Upadhyay, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses Dated: June 14, 2013 Pakistani Radical Islamists (RIs) seem to have been the actual winners in the recently concluded Pakistan elections. The RIs, comprising the Pashtuns belonging to the Tehriq-e-Taliban Pakistan, their Punjabi and Pakistan based Kashmiri cohorts belonging to a big chunk of the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and the Jamaat-ud Daw’ah, almost the entire Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, the Jaish-e-Mohammad and a number of other radical Islamic militant groups, swear allegiance to Deobandi/Wahabi/Salafi schools of Islam. They also identify with Al-Qaida’s radical…

Time to recall and refute the Tahrik-e-Balakot, the first Jihadist movement in the Indian subcontinent

New Age Islam, 28 February 2019 New Age Islam has reproduced timely pieces on the Balakot-based jihadist movements which can be traced back to 1831 when the two Indian Sunni-origin Wahhabi clerics, Syed Ahmed Rai Barelvi Maulana Ismail Dehlawi were killed in a battle with the army of the Sikh emperor Ranjit Singh. In his article, Uday Mahurkar rightly points out that “Balakot’s symbolic and sentimental value for terror outfits, such as Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), has been there for almost two centuries now”.Even the prominent Pakistani historian Ayesha Jalal…

Ghazwa-tul-Hind Promoted by Fanatics, Refuted by Islamic Experts from India and Pakistan

Several WhatsApp groups across the country received an unexpected video in which Syed Salahuddin, the leader of the Hizbul Mujahideen who is based across the Line of Control, made a surprising statement that Ghazwa-e-Hind has been launched in the Kashmir Valley. It is surprising because so far Salahuddin had not made an utterance on the apocyplyptic notion of Ghazwa-tul-Hind, or the so-called Islamic battle against India. He had rather reportedly said this earlier: “The so-called Islamic State (ISIS) spilled blood of Muslims in Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Libya, Turkey and Afghanistan.…

Foreign Terrorist Organizations

Bureau of Couterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism Country Reports on Terrorism 2017, US Department of State     Designations of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) expose and isolate the designated terrorist organizations, deny them access to the U.S. financial system, and create significant criminal and immigration consequences for their members and supporters. Moreover, designations can assist or complement the law enforcement actions of other U.S. agencies and other governments. In 2017, the Department of State designated Hizbul Mujahedeen as a FTO. The Department of State also amended the FTO designations of…

The Insurgent Sanctuary in Pakistan

  By Steth G Jones Centre for Strategic & International Studies Dated: September 11, 2018   The Issue Despite tough talk from Washington, Taliban leaders continue to enjoy a sanctuary in Pakistan and support from Pakistan security agencies. A review of insurgencies since World War II suggests that groups like the Taliban, which retain a sanctuary in neighboring states, either win insurgencies or successfully drag them out. If Washington is serious about ending the war in Afghanistan—including through a peace settlement—it needs to put significant pressure on the Taliban and…

Global Threat Forecast : South Asia :Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India

By Abdul Basit , Sara Mahmood, Iftekharul Bashar , Mohammed Sinan Siyech and Teertha Samal of RSIS Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses Volume 10, Issue 1 |  January 2018 Introduction  South Asia, along with the Middle East and Africa, were among the most affected regions by terrorism in 2017. The worst hit were Afghanistan and Pakistan. In the face of the rapidly changing situation in the Middle East, particularly the defeat of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, the South Asian threat landscape has evolved continuously. In addition to the lingering…

Radicalisation of Campuses in Pakistan

By  Farhan Zahid, RSIS Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses Volume 9, Issue 11 | November 2017 Radicalisation of youth at various university  campuses in Pakistan and the participation of a select few in militancy are a serious concern. This trend has generally been associated with the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group although it was pioneered by Al-Qaeda. While youth radicalisation is also not entirely new, it is a continuation of a historical trend that has existed since the 1990s. In this regard, the case study of youth radicalisation at the International Islamic University (IIUI) is instructive. Though IIUI is not the only university…