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Lashkar-E-Tayyiba

Lashkar-e-Tayyiba is a notoriously violent militant Muslim group operating in the states of Jammu and Kashmir on the Pakistan-India border. Jammu and Kashmir are claimed by both India, a largely Hindu country, and Pakistan, a largely Muslim country; the dispute has given rise to many armed groups within Jammu and Kashmir.

Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (“Army of the Pure”) is rabidly pro-Pakistan and is one of the largest groups operating in Jammu and Kashmir. The group opposes any concessions to India, with its leaders expressing the desire to drive Hindus out of much of India once they have been eliminated from Jammu and Kashmir. The group has taken part in several massacres targeting non-Muslim civilian populations in Jammu and Kashmir in an effort to create a Muslim-only state.

Lashkar-e-Tayyiba arose in the early 1990s as a militant wing of Markaz-ud-Dawa-wal-Irshad, an Islamic fundamentalist organization influenced by the ...

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