Lashkar-e-Taiba is an Islamic terrorist organization that was involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks as well as attacks on the Indian Armed Forces in Jammu and Kashmir. It operates primarily from Pakistan and runs terrorist training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Like other jihadi organizations, Lashkar-e-Taiba does not shrink from recruiting young children as terrorist operatives.
Lashkar-e-Taiba has defined its objectives in its manifesto, which maintains that jihad must be waged to attain its objectives, these are described as under:
§ Restoring Islamic rule over all parts of India
§ Waging jihad against India, Israel and the United States as they are the existential enemies of Islam
§ Waging violent jihad, which is the duty of all Muslims
§ Ending the persecution of Muslims
§ Establishing Islam as the dominant religion in the world
§ Forcing infidels to pay jizya
§ Fighting for the weak and feeble against oppressors
§ Taking revenge for the killing of Muslims
§ Punishing enemies for violating oaths and treaties
§ Defending all Muslim states and recapturing occupied Muslim territory
The LeT trains and indoctrinates many jihadi groups at its bases, where it is advocated that:
§ A caliphate must be established with one flag, one army, where Islamic religious law shariah prevails; all of Allah’s dictates must be implemented; democracy contradicts Islam.
§ The caliphate may be established if possible by peaceful means; otherwise, recourse must be taken to violent means.
§ All Muslims are obliged to join jihad to make Islam the world’s dominant religion.
§ Global jihad must be waged to overthrow the rule of infidels such as the United States, Jews, Hindus and Christians.