The jihadi spell

Leaders of Pakistan's radical jihadi organisations have been touring Pakistan. "We will stop only at Srinagar," boasted one of the commanders. Another made a rather more ambitious announcement of annexing not only Kashmir but the whole of India.

But when the 'capitulation' finally came, most of the jihadi groups chose to relent. Only Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Pakistan's most influential religious party which also godfathers the Hizbul Mujahidin, called a million people to march in Lahore on 25 July. The event was to mark the beginning of a movement to throw out Nawaz Sharif who had committed "an unpardonable sin". However, the charged crowd that gathered outside the colonial building of Punjab Assembly in Lahore was a fraction of the target. More importantly, other than Hizbul Mujahidin, none of the other groups attended.

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