How to Handle Pakistan's New Hardliners
Last year, Pathways to Change – Pakistan Policy Symposium, a two-day event jointly organized by the Wilson Center and INDUS, convened expert scholars, academics, and practitioners from the United States and Pakistan to explore Pakistan’s recent achievements in economic, political, and foreign affairs as well as its opportunities to address current and future challenges. Speakers and panelists focused on identifying practical, innovative, and above all actionable policy solutions. The following series of policy briefs, which draw on discussions from the symposium, will be of interest to the academic and scholarly communities; diaspora audiences; business and policy circles; and any general audiences interested in Pakistan, U.S.- Pakistan relations, or international relations on the whole.
Niloufer Siddiqui, an assistant professor of political science at the University at Albany-State University of New York, discusses the recent emergence of several new hardline religious parties, one of which is tied to the terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba. Joining the political process, Dr. Siddiqui argues, is unlikely to make these groups more moderate.
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