Abdullah Khan is a graduate of University of Peshawar and is currently pursuing Masters in Pakistan Studies at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.

Abstract

This paper sheds light on the emergence of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) as a religious movement and its evolution towards politics. This religious-political movement first mobilized masses to protect the cause of Khatm-e-Nabuwat (the finality of Prophethood of Muhammad) and Namoos-e-Risalat (the honor of the Prophet) and then became the third-largest party in Punjab as it received greatest number of votes after PTI and PML-N. It incited people who created public disorder and committed violence in the major cities of Pakistan. The legitimacy awarded to the organization by the previous government (PMLN) and the incumbent government (PTI) further strengthened its holds in the politics of the country. The party is not only confined to its religious interests but a lot of issues regarding poverty, unemployment and inflations are highlighted from its platform. Therefore, many working-class people have also participated and supported the party. The state patronage of this organization to counter other religious groups contributed much to its emergence.

Key Words: Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, Blasphemy, Sit-in politics, Barelvi Politicalactivism.

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