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Baradari (brotherhood)

Barādarī or Birādrī (Urdu: برادری‎) means Brotherhood originating from the Persian word برادر Baradar meaning "Brother". In Pakistan and India it is used to denote a number of social strata among South Asian Muslims. According to author Anatol Lieven, "the most important force in [Pakistani] society" are Baradari, usually far stronger than any competing religious, ethnic, or ideological cause. Parties and political alliances in Pakistan are based on Baradari, not ideology.[1]

The political effects of baradari or bradree among Pakistanis in Britain were attacked in the Bradford West by-election, 2012.[2]


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