Deobandi militancy in Pakistan and the role of security agencies – by Hamid Mir


Summary: In his recent column in daily Jang (titled Bakwas, 3 Jnauary 2012), Hamid Mir reveals that Pakistan army’s intelligence agencies and Deobandi militants (Taliban and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi aka Sipah Sahaba) work in close coordination against their intended targets including non-conforming journalists. Hamid Mir says that while on the surface, Pakistan army and Taliban may appear to be opposed to each other, they have a policy of silent cooperation with each other. If Deobandi militants of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (aka Sipah Sahaba) kidnap a journalist in Balochistan, that is attributed to or claimed by the ISI. Similarly, if ISI kidnaps a journalists in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, it attributes the kidnapping to Lashkar-e-Jhangvi or Taliban.

In a susbequent column in March 2013, Hamid Mir revealed that Pakistan army supports banned Deobandi terrorist outfit ASWJ-LeJ in Balochistan:



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