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Jamaat-e-Islami is an Islamic political party in Pakistan. It was movement in Lahore, India, by Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi on 26 August 1941. Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan is the oldest religious party in Pakistan. Today the name is also used by other separate organizations, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, and an autonomous existence in the Indian held Kashmir, also in Sri Lanka.
JI states that they seek an Islamic government in Pakistan through peaceful change, "We have to convince the people that a ‘Bloody Revolution’ is a path leading to destruction and the ‘Islamic Revolution’ is the path ensuring true change and deliverance."
The JI envisions a state governed by Islamic law and opposes Westernization--including capitalism, socialism, and such practices as bank interest, birth control, and relaxed social mores. While JI states, "The Muslim woman is accorded full spiritual and intellectual equality with man...", their position on women's rights is from a "Islamic point of view" which is at odds with international beliefs of equal rights.
Qazi Hussain Ahmed, president of JI, said Pakistan-administered Kashmir was the base-camp for the jihad (holy war) in Indian-administered Kashmir and protested Pakistan's attempts to restrict armed militants moving across the border.