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Tighter Links Between Pakistani Militant Groups

Punjabi militant groups, including Laskar-e-Jhangvi and Jaish-e-Muhammad, once thought by many Pakistanis as allies against India, the United States, and Shiite Muslims, may have strengthened ties with Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Tehrik-e-Taliban, the main Taliban militant umbrella group in Pakistan, with aims to overthrow the Pakistani government, showed in recent coordinated attacks in Lahore and Rawalpindi that it is starting to coordinate closely with Al Qaeda and the Punjabi militant groups, in an effort to overthrow the Pakistani government. Such a combination poses grave danger to stability in the country.



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