Sunday, September 25, 2011

Radical Islamism & Jihad
24 Sep 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com
Pakistan, U.S. & the Immoderate Taliban

By Praveen Swami

Islamabad's relationship with the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network has precipitated a crisis in its relationship with Washington. The assassination of Burhanuddin Rabbani, Afghanistan's former President and principal negotiator for talks with jihadists, has underlined the abiding threat from the immoderate Taliban: Afghan groups closely entwined with the global jihadist movement, hostile to dialogue — and, yet, backed by Pakistan, which sees them as allies in its own battle for survival. ‘The fountainhead of jihad': Born in the early 1950s, Jalaluddin Haqqani hailed from the Zadran tribe of the Pashtun ethnic group. He studied at a seminary in Datta Adam Khel, and would likely have gone on to become a rural cleric — had it not been for a series of dramatic events that transformed Afghanistan, eventually bringing to power a new class of armed clerics who would displace both the traditional tribal élite and the modernising left-wing secularists who had swept them aside. -- Praveen Swami

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