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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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The Domestic Politics of Let

The Domestic Politics of Let

(p.149) 6 The Domestic Politics of Let
In Their Own Words

C. Christine Fair

Oxford University Press

Most scholars of Lashkar-e-Tayyaba/Jamaat ud Dawah (LeT/JuD) tend to view the tanzeem as a proxy militia for the Pakistani army. While the organization certainly performs this role, this narrow understanding undervalues the full scope of activities it performs, alongside the full range of political and social perquisites that the organization affords the Pakistani state, and thus, the importance that the state attaches to it. Presumably, the formation of the Milli Muslim League (MML) will further entrench this alliance between the state and the LeT/JuD. This chapter demonstrates that LeT/JuD performs a critical role in assisting the deep state to secure its domestic objectives as well as its foreign policies in India and Afghanistan.

Keywords:   Islamic State, Milli Muslim League, Domestic politics, Sectarianism, Communalism, Pakistan army, Deep state

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