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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2345

Roots of "Militancy in Pakistan"

[b]Roots of "Militancy in Pakistan" [/b]

By Mohammed Yousuf

This work is an endeavor to look at emergence of "Militancy in Pakistan", with a cursory glance at its historic perspective and its evolution in the sub-continent.

The study derives its basis from the facts that: militancy has its origin in a strong tradition of defensive reaction to intrusion by alien culture in Muslim society or attempts by forces hostile to Islam at political domination; it assumes itself to be based on the concept of retributive justice; and it has adopted methods that are not always consistent with or warranted by Islam.

After Islam established its political emergence in the subcontinent with the foundation of the Sultanate of Delhi in 1206 AD, the principal threat it faced was philosophical and not military. This came in the form of Hindu India’s endeavor to assimilate Islam or to develop a synthesis with it, if not to out rightly devour it. Islam had spread in India largely due to the efforts of the Sufi saints, a large number of who came after the Mongols sacked Baghdad in 1258.

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