Tahrik-i Jafariyyah Pakistan

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The leading Shii political organization in Pakistan. The Tahrik-i Jafariyyah was founded under the name Tahrik-i Nifaz-i Fiqh-i Jafariyyah in 1980 to protect the interests of the Shiis against the Sunni-dominated Islamization policies of Zia-ul-Haq. It reached its height of prominence under Allamah Arif Husayni. In championing the rights of the Shiis and in maintaining close ties with Iran, the Tahrik-i Jafariyyah provoked strong suspicions on the part of Sunni religio-political groups, leading to a drastic radicalization of the sectarian landscape in Pakistan.

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