This paper is published in Volume-7, Issue-2, 2021
Area
International Relations Geo-politics, Terrorism, South Asia
Author
Dr. Hrishikesh M. Bevanur
Org/Univ
Maharani's Arts, Commerce and Management College for Women, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Pub. Date
24 March, 2021
Paper ID
V7I2-1232
Publisher
Keywords
Pakistan, Islamist, Jihadist, Red Mosque, Taliban, Blasphemy, ISI, TLP, Musharraf, Afghanistan, Military

Citationsacebook

IEEE
Dr. Hrishikesh M. Bevanur. Military-jihadist nexus in Pakistan, International Journal of Advance Research, Ideas and Innovations in Technology, www.IJARIIT.com.

APA
Dr. Hrishikesh M. Bevanur (2021). Military-jihadist nexus in Pakistan. International Journal of Advance Research, Ideas and Innovations in Technology, 7(2) www.IJARIIT.com.

MLA
Dr. Hrishikesh M. Bevanur. "Military-jihadist nexus in Pakistan." International Journal of Advance Research, Ideas and Innovations in Technology 7.2 (2021). www.IJARIIT.com.

Abstract

The advent of the religious right-wing as a formidable political force in Pakistan seems to be an outcome of direct and indirect patronage of the dominant military over the years. Ever since the creation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the military establishment has formed a quasi-alliance with the conservative religious elements who define a strongly Islamic identity for the country. The alliance has provided Islamism with regional perspectives and encouraged it to take advantage of the concept of jihad. This trend found its most blatant manifestation through the Afghan War. Thanks to the centrality of Islam in Pakistan’s national identity, secular leaders and groups find it extremely difficult to make a national consensus against groups that describe themselves as soldiers of Islam. Using two case studies, the article argues that the political survival of both the military and therefore the radical Islamist parties is predicated on their tacit understanding. It contends that without the de-radicalization of jihadis, the efforts to ‘mainstream’ them through the electoral process have huge implications for Pakistan’s political system also for prospects of regional peace.
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