Source: Dawn News
Over the years, a large percentage of analysis penned on the issue of religious radicalisation in Pakistan, has almost squarely concentrated on the proliferation of the more belligerent strands of the Muslim Sunni Deobandi and of Wahibi sub-sects.
Even though both are minority sub-sects in Pakistan, they began to enjoy strategic state support from the 1980s onwards — especially when Pakistan became a frontline state in the insurgency against the Soviet-backed government in Afghanistan.
The Sunni Barelvi sub-sect, that a majority of Pakistanis belong to, did not have any historical tradition related to armed jihad. Therefore, the state of Pakistan, with help from the US and Saudi Arabia, forked out millions of dollars to pull in radical Deobandi elements from the fringes and into the mainstream.