L-E-T:THE FALLACY OF SUBSERVIENT PROXIES AND THE FUTURE OF ISLAMIST TERROR in india

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    LASHKAR-I-TAIBA:THE FALLACY OF SUBSERVIENT PROXIES AND THE FUTURE OF ISLAMIST TERRORISM IN INDIA HISTORICAL OVERVIEW

    Markaz-Dawa-ul-Irshad (Center for Preaching,
    also referred to as MDI) was founded in 1987 to assist
    the Afghan resistance against the Soviet Union and to
    purge Islam in Pakistan of what it viewed as the corrupting
    influence of Hinduism. Pakistan’s Inter-Service
    Intelligence (ISI) and the U.S. Central Intelligence
    Agency (CIA) utilized the Markaz during the Soviet
    invasion, but MDI was abandoned by the CIA after the
    Soviet withdrawal.
    However, ISI continued to use the
    organization to carry out attacks not only in Kashmir,
    but throughout India.1 The founder of MDI was Hafiz
    Saeed, a professor of Islamic Studies at an engineering
    university in Pakistani Punjab. MDI is associated with
    the Wahhabi Ahl-e-Hadith orthodox school of thought
    that even forbids television and pictures. The religious
    philosophy of the Markaz is Sunni and intensely
    puritanical, and MDI publishes an Urdu magazine, Al
    Dawa, that has a reported circulation of around 80,000.2
    The Markaz previously had close ties with Saudi
    Arabia, although differences emerged over MDI’s
    relationship with Osama bin Laden and Riyadh’s
    decision to allow U.S. and other Western troops to be
    stationed on Saudi soil. Osama bin Laden is reported
    to have contributed Pakistani rupees (Rs.) 10 million to
    the construction of a mosque at MDI’s headquarters in
    Muridke, Pakistan, and is also believed to have built
    a guesthouse that he himself has stayed in. Further,
    it has been alleged that bin Laden used to attend the
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    annual gatherings of the Markaz at Muridke but now
    only addresses them over conference phone from his
    hideouts in the former Sudan and the Afghanistan-
    Pakistan border area.3
    Lashkar-i-Taiba (LeT) was formed slightly after
    the establishment of its parent organization, MDI,
    in the late 1980s.4
     
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