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In Their Own WordsUnderstanding Lashkar-e-Tayyaba$
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C. Christine Fair

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190909482

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190909482.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
In Their Own Words

C. Christine Fair

Oxford University Press

"In Their Own Words" informs contemporary discussions and analysis of this organization by mobilizing the vast corpus of Lashkar-e-Tayyaba's (LeT) own writing. In this work, I analyze a sample of LeT's own publications and present new information about the organization, its recruits, the families that produce them and the external and domestic political imperatives that motivate LeT's operations within and beyond Pakistan. I draw from these materials to advance two key claims about the organization. First, LeT's ability to conduct complex terror attacks in India and Afghanistan--coupled with its loyalty to the Pakistani security establishment--render it incredibly useful as a reliable and obedient proxy. Second, because LeT argues against violence against other Muslims and Pakistan's religious minorities, it is a critical partner of the deep state's efforts to quell violence within Pakistan.

Keywords:   Pakistan, Terrorism, Pakistan Army, Political Islam, Domestic politics, Sectarianism, Communalism

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