Monday, October 15, 2007

The Crisis Of Pakistan: A Dangerously Weak State

by Prof. Isaac Kfir from Global Politician

Two sets of Islamists can be identified within Pakistan, though the distinction has blurred with the rise of the Taliban movement. The first group consists of Sunni Islamists who demand that Pakistan exist as a devout Sunni (Deobandi/Wahhabi) Muslim state, such as the Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP, Army of the Friends of the Prophet), formed in 1985 ... . The SSP holds that the Shi’a are non-Muslims who have acquired far too much power in Pakistan. The organization boasts 500 offices and branches in all 34 districts of Punjab, with around 100,000 registered workers in Pakistan as well as 17 branches in foreign countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Canada, and the United Kingdom. A second group of Islamists focuses on the imposition of Shari’a and the formation of the Caliphate.

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