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Neighbourhood watch: The business of militancy in Pakistan

What makes Pakistan 'Ivy League of terrorism' and how a nexus of abject poverty and religious fundamentalism pushes scores of youngsters into militancy? Adnan Ali reports on the political economy of the 'Liberate Kashmir' movement in Pakistan

Adnan Ali 

Every year, charitable and political organisations mint millions of rupees by selling animal hides, following Eid-ul-Azha celebrations. Karachi, where leather processing industry thrives on this raw material, exports finished leather goods worth $800 million every year.

This year, owing to the ban on Karachi’s largest political party, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the biggest beneficiaries of the hide donations were the Jamat-ud Dawah and the Jamaat-e-Islami. “They were standing at mosques and their volunteers went door to door to collect skins. This is ...

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First Published: Sun, September 25 2016. 22:05 IST
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