Why JuD Contesting General Elections Should Worry Pakistan More Than India

Why should the world be concerned about Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) — an offshoot of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) that carried out the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks — joining mainstream politics in Pakistan?

After all, the JuD has floated a political party, the Milli Muslim League, although it has been denied recognition by the Pakistani Election Commission. There are numerous examples worldwide of how bringing violent radical movements into mainstream national politics has paid dividends.

The best possible case is that of Ireland. Even today, we talk about the Afghan Taliban being a part of the peace process. If successfully executed, their role in Afghan politics and governance will be the obvious next step. With such precedents, is Pakistan being singled out for harsher treatment? Read More

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