Despite its seeminlay apolitcal, pacifist stance, Tablighi Jamaat has appeared on the fringes of numerous terrorism investigations across the world including in Pakistan, USA and UK.
The TJ was cited on the cases of John Walker Lindh, and other captives the USA holds in its Guantanamo Bay detention camps. A December 2001 article by the Boston Herald cited Indian security concerns branches of the jamaat were related to al-Qaeda. “We have a significant presence of Tablighi Jamaat in the United States,” the deputy chief of the FBI’s international terrorism section said in 2003, “and we have found that al-Qaeda used them for recruiting now and in the past.”
In the following article cross-posted from LUBP, Ali Arqam offers a critical view on the silent infiltration of the Tablighi Jamaat in the social fabric of Pakistan and their common links (e.g. Deobandi ideology, anti-West stance) with some militant organisations.
Channel4 Report-Terrorist Tablighi Jamaat Spreading Terrorism