Has the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba split as well?

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  1. ajtr

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    Has the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba split as well?


    By Ali K Chishti

    The NATO and ISAF command in Afghanistan has recently witnessed a new kind of enemy, which, according to a NATO commander, “is not the Taliban or the Haqqani group”, Daily Times confirmed. Officials confirm the presence of a new, more modern and sophisticated Punjabi Taliban in Kunar province of Afghanistan. They are a more militant section of the Pakistan-backed Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) who had broken off from their mother organisation and refused to take orders from LeT supremo, Hafiz Saeed.

    In reality, this rebellious group, which had just split from the LeT, is the old Tehreekul Mujahideen (TM) and a faction of the previously split Kairun Naas (KN) of the LeT, which had been formed by the more fanatical Ahl-e-Hadith that held the Kashmir Conference in 1990, attended by both Hafiz Saeed and Professor Sajid Mir. Daily Times investigations reveal two reasons behind the split: Pakistani intelligence agencies have finally decided to split the jihadi groups as a policy to make them weaker, and Jamaatud Dawa (JD), LeT, TM and KN split as they had become too powerful; sectarian and ideological tensions within the Ahl-e-Hadith faction about the concept of jihad, as the more fanatical group fighting in Afghanistan is more into the Arab Mujahideen camp.

    It is to be noted that previously a faction split from the JD in 2004 when armed clashes broke out in the premises of its headquarters, and the breakaway faction, KN, vowed to kill Hafiz Saeed, the JD head. Saeed had previously joined the Afghan jihad pretty late in 1987 on the insistence of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, who had traditionally headed the operational part of the LeT.

    Organisational structures of the JD and LeT were severely hurt by accusations from within the JD about Hafiz Saeed’s involvement in nepotism, corruption, his second marriage to a fallen comrade’s widow, which became a personal issue with Prof Iqbal, a top JD council member, who himself married an underage Baltistani girl. In a series of blunders, Saeed appointed his brother-in-law, Maulana Abdul Rehman Makki, then a teacher at Medina University in Saudi Arabia, second in command of JD, which did not go down well with a lot of people, especially with Lakhvi, as it was seen as an attempt by Saeed to control the finances of JD.

    In 2001, Saeed also came under fire when he renamed Markaz Dawat Wal Irshad as Jamaatud Dawa, and separated it from LeT. Lakhvi disapproved of the decision then and Daily Times can confirm that he has finally fallen out with the JD chief now and is in-charge of most of JD’s properties in Sindh and directly controls the Muridke centre, popularly known as ‘Markaz-e-Tayyaba’. Lakhvi, said to be the mastermind behind the Mumbai attacks, has developed links with Arab militants in Pakistan, where he married his sister off with the top al Qaeda terrorist, Abdul Rehman Sherahi. He was the one who helped Lakhvi connect with top al Qaeda and Arab leaders, and heavily invested in LeT’s infrastructure.

    It should also be taken into account that the Jamaat Ahl-e-Hadith also opposed the formation of Markaz Dawat Wal Irshad (JD) because of possible Saudi support to it, which did not happen. JD was also barred from recruiting students from the Ahl-e-Hadith madrassas as they were under the control of Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith and openly supported by the Saudis. And it looks now, confirmed a former spy chief, “that the new rogue part of JD fighting in Pakistan could well be those who were behind 26/11 in Mumbai, you never know.”

    Interior Ministry officials confirmed to Daily Times about an American request to probe into the affairs of many Pakistani jihadis who are joining various Arab and Afghan forces in Afghanistan and FATA to carry out attacks on the ISAF forces, especially in Kunar province of Afghanistan.
     
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  3. S.A.T.A

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    This cock and bull story about a supposed split is part of a series of stories being planted by PAK establishment to take the heat off the JUD/LET and its entrenched links with the PAK ruling establishment.We should be careful before buying into such spin.
     
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    well split may be true as was in 2001 and 2004 as the assassination attempts on mushy and hafiz saeed suggests.but its questionable if both group are not under ISI influence.
     
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    It can be in another way, read as ISI Splits! Who knows what goes on inside these despicable organisations, committing mass murder every other day. The GOP has no control over anything, and is sailing with the wind making hay while it shines. The ISI is the only company which can shed light on this. Maybe ISAF or CIA should contact them and find who the new power rangers on the block are!
     
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    OR it may be two draw distinction between the two punjabi groups one which is fighting usa along with haqqanis in afghanistan and other is that of hafiz saeed which is stooge of isi and india specific and isi wants to preserve it against india.Meanwhile PA gonna sacrifice Lakhvi and makki for mumbai attacks thus showing usa that it took action against mumbai attack culprit and in the same sense it will remove these leaders(lakhvi and makki) of the let faction which are fighting usa.
     
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    ISI is just running circles around the US. This is just to further muddy the waters. The Haqqani group will not tolerate any other group in their area. They have displayed this during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and also recently.
    I agree with ajtr that this is another attempt to show good Let and Bad Let and try to deflect the heat following 26/11
     
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    Well the Punjabi Taliban and TTP attacking GHQ and ISI agents across pakistan and the spate of suicide bombings are not just made up. This is a case of blowback. And the split is again a manifestation of the blowback.

    The primary logic of sending proxies into Kashmir and Afghanistan in the 80s was based on the perverted "principle" that even though the rulers of these areas are muslims, becuase they are "pow that tuppet" rulers under the control of foreign govt.s (India or USSR) then Jihad is permissible. Now that same logiv is used by TTP to justify their war in Pakistan. The state that the Army and GoP are puppets of the Americans and hence "Jihad" against the Pakistani state including the army is valid. You can see these statements being made by all major ideolouges of the AQ and TTP.

    So it wont be surprising that the LeT and other Kashmir centric groups have splintered into those who are disenchanted with the PA/GoP and those who are still loyal to it. Ilyas Kashmiri for example was big figure in Kashmir conflict but is now exclusively working with the TTP. Imtiaz Gul also makes the same comments about how groups that are attacked get splintered.

    The main strategy by the PA/ISI seems to be to polarise the environment so that these splintered groups can be merged into an anti-India group. The mumbai attacks was definitely one such attempt. With the clear evidence that ISI was involved, this seems to be a last ditch strategy to provoke India to attack Pakistan. And once this happens, Pakistan can say goodbye to all operations in FATA and colasece the splintered groups back into an ant-India fold. Ofcourse their calculation went awry with India not attacking and hence you saw one of the bloodiest years in recent history with attacks against the army and ISI assets hitting an alltime high in 2009.
     

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