The spectacular rise of TLP and the challenges ahead

Many Pakistan – and the world at large – have been wondering how a religious group has been agitating for the expulsion of the French Ambassador from the country, on account of “blasphemous” cartoons that were published and disseminated in France, and which were not banned by the French government due to its secularist stance on freedom of expression.

The origin, rapid raise and popularity of Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP)is intertwined which the recent political history of Pakistan. The TLP, following the Barelvi subsect of Sunni Islam, is a movement to defend the honour of Islam’s Prophet. Read More…

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