War Of Narratives: Usmani’s Remarks On Armed Struggle In Pakistan Stir Up A Debate
The last two weeks of January were marked by a heated verbal confrontation between religious scholars, jihadist ideologues, and militant leaders. This was sparked by remarks made by Pakistan’s Grand Mufti, Taqi Usmani, regarding the “legitimacy” of the armed struggle in Pakistan to implement Sharia.
On January 23, Mufti Taqi Usmani spoke at the Paigham-e-Pakistan National Conference on ‘Countering Violent Extremism, Radicalism and Hate Speech,’ which was organized by the International Islamic University, Islamabad. During his address, he stated that armed struggle and jihad against Pakistan are illegitimate. He specifically referred to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and emp...
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