The Politics of Religious Extremism in Pakistan: An Analysis


  • Sidra Karamat PhD Scholar, Department of Political Science and International Relations, GC University, Faisalabad, Pakistan
  • Muhammad Muzaffar Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, GC Women University, Sialkot, Pakistan
  • Ali Shan Shah Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations, GC University, Faisalabad, Pakistan



Religious Factions, Military Wings, Extremism, Politics


In this study, the connection between Islamic values and country policies has been carefully connected to the foundations that create political legitimating and the basic nature of a country. Islam performs a crucial part in the social fabric of Pakistan and has been integrated as the guiding concept for the constitutional procedure and governmental systems of the country but at the same time produced implicit stress for their future improvements. Various government authorities have used religious beliefs for their quest for governmental authenticity and power. This has consequently brought about politicization of spiritual explanation in Pakistan demonstrated in the form of sectarian disputes, persecution of spiritual unprivileged or disempowerment of certain spiritual organizations and management. Whereas controversy about interpreting religious identity continues pervading the Pakistani community, it is observed that large parts of the Pakistani inhabitants follow pluralistic types of Islam based on heterogeneous spiritual and devotional methods. Islamic political parties should cooperate on federal or provincial levels with national and local political parties to eliminate the religious extremism in Pakistan.


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How to Cite

Sidra Karamat, Muhammad Muzaffar, & Ali Shan Shah. (2020). The Politics of Religious Extremism in Pakistan: An Analysis. Review of Economics and Development Studies, 5(2), 315-322.