ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Pakistan : Islamic Threat to Stability

Following the Pakistan government's support to the American-led actions, the Jamaat-i-Islami, has emerged as a leading and vociferous critic of the Musharraf regime. However, as unfolding events demonstrate, and weighed down by its role in Pakistan's past, the Jamaat finds itself isolated and playing much of a lone hand.

The attacks against the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 have once again raised questions about political Islam as an actual threat to international security. On a new scale, however. The emergence of political Islam on the international political arena was not new but had remained reminiscent of a supposedly outmoded era. The use of modern means of transport (planes) as instruments of mass destruction has now made it a component of modernity and therefore all the more frightening.

As a part of the international Islamic movement, the Jamaat-i-Islami Pakistan deserves particular attention. It is not as such a representative of the entire movement, but it has been presented by some observers as a threat to the Pakistani regime and, subsequently, as a potential impediment to the American war against the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and Al Qaida.

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