Pakistan’s Permanent Jihadi Network

PA Pundits - International

By Lawrence Sellin Ph.D. ~

The United States, NATO and the Afghan government should not be trying to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table, but Pakistan.

Located about 100 kilometers from the Afghanistan border in Kharan, Balochistan is one of the hundreds of outposts of Pakistan’s permanent jihadi network.

Far lesser known than al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, but considered by many to be far more dangerous, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) is Pakistan’s favorite Islamo-nationalist jihadist group.

JuD, which the United Nations say is a front for banned militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), was originally a Punjabi-dominated organization, but, with the help of the Pakistani military expanded into Balochistan and Sindh provinces as a Islamo-nationalist tool to suppress ethnic separatism.

According to South Asia expert Arif Jamal, JuD is a bigger threat than al-Qaeda or the Islamic State because:

“JuD was conceived and created as an organization that can…

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