Last Tuesday’s deadly attacks on Shiites in Afghanistan are further evidence of dangerous instability in Pakistan and Islamabad’s failure to act coherently to counteract it. The increasingly messy jihadist landscape in Pakistan’s FATA is the result of the ISI's strategy of divide and rule, whose outcome tends to be more deadly violence and the emergence of increasingly nihilistic groups.

Attacks on Afghan Shiites Highlight Pakistan's Policy Failure

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Last Tuesday’s deadly attacks on Shiite processions in Kabul and Mazar-e Sharif in Afghanistan are further evidence of dangerous instability in neighboring Pakistan and of the Pakistani state’s failure to act coherently to counteract it. A clear understanding of the group responsible is important to understanding the crossborder ramifications of the attacks.

Contrary to reports in prominent news outlets, the Pakistani Sunni sectarian terrorist group Lashkar-e Jhangvi (LeJ) was not responsible for the attacks. Rather, an LeJ splinter group known as Lashkar-e Jhangvi al-Alami (LeJ-A) -- not the original LeJ organization -- has claimed responsibility for them. A person claiming to be an LeJ-A spokesman made the announcement in communication with a number of news outlets, including BBC Urdu and Deutsche Presse-Agentur. ...

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