Arif Jamal – Profile of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi

Arif Jamal’s article on Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (pdf file) from the latest issue of the CTC Sentinel:

From the LJ to the TTP Today, the LJ is still involved in terrorist attacks in Pakistan. Little is known about the group’s current activities, and it is not completely clear how the two factions of the LJ—the Basra group and the Qari Hayye group—have evolved. Both factions likely still exist, although different leaders are in charge. The Basra group, for example, is now part of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and contributes to its jihadist operations. LJ operatives probably help facilitate the TTP’s terrorist acts in Punjab Province, where the LT/SSP has an established base.
In fact, a similar paradigm is now occurring with the TTP. The Pakistani government blames the TTP for nearly of which likely had little to do with the organization. Yet just like the LJ, it is easy to scapegoat the TTP rather than reveal the true extent of jihadist violence
in Pakistan and the many groups and actors involved.

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