Saturday, May 23, 2015

JI, ASWJ leading terrorist network of ISIS in Pakistan

Deobandi religious-political party Jamaat-e-Islami, its student wing and banned Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal-Jamaat aka Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) are leading terrorist network for ISIS in Pakistan.
On May 13, takfiri Deobandi terrorists of jamaat-e-Islami’s student wing intercepted a bus carrying Ismaili Muslims in the Safoora Goth area of the Pakistani city of Karachi and massacred 45 of them, including women.
According to media reports, about six terrorists fired indiscriminately on the Ismaili passengers – who belonged to a sect of Shia Islam and were headed to a religious congregation – and then managed to escape.
The manner of their killing is very much familiar to Pakistani people, as Sunni jihadists in Pakistan have routinely intercepted buses carrying Shia pilgrims, pulling out passengers and identifying their faith from their surnames from the Pakistani government-issued identity cards before shooting them dead.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has documented systematic jihadist attacks on Shia Muslims and other minorities in Pakistan, noting also calls being made for Pakistan to be put on genocide watch.
While in the past members of the leading Sunni jihad group now known as Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) – formerly known under different names such as Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and Millat-e-Islamia Pakistan – have carried out ideologically-inspired systematic attacks against Shi’ite Muslims in Pakistan, it appears that the May 13 massacre of Ismaili Muslims was either wholly or in part the work of the Islamic State (ISIS), which in January 2015 announced the establishment of “Wilayat Khurasan,” its “province” in the India, Pakistan and Afghanistan region.
That a student from one of Pakistan’s finest and most prestigious business schools could become a “trained militant” who “provides funds for terror activities” in the city is difficult to understand for many.
The assertion that Saad Aziz, an activist of Jamaat-e-Islami’s student wing who is a BBA graduate from the reputable Institute of Business Administration (IBA) – has also confessed to masterminding the murder of rights activist Sabeen Mahmud has been met with scepticism by former schoolmates.
Immediately after the attack, ISIS-affiliated accounts on Twitter released a statement in which the organization claimed responsibility for the massacre. The statement noted: “With Allah’s grace, 43 apostates have been killed and nearly 30 have been injured in an attack [carried out by] the soldiers of the Islamic State [who targeted] a bus carrying Ismaili Shi’ite polytheists, maligners of the wife of Prophet Muhammad, in the city of Karachi in Khurasan province.”The attack was also claimed by “Jundallah,” a name used by several terror groups in Pakistan but also by ASWJ factions.
The phenomenon of Jundullah is important in the perspective of urban militancy and understanding this new stream of militancy.
In the same manner as there are many Punjabi Taliban groups, many groups are also operating under the Jundullah nomenclature in Pakistan.
While the Punjabi Taliban emerged from Deobandi and Salafi militant groups, the Jundullah groups are breakaway factions of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and its student and militant wings.
With the exception of Jundullah in the Iranian Balochistan region, the remaining entities under this label, active in Karachi and the Peshawar valley, are of a similar disposition. With their Islamist background, they are naturally inclined towards the Islamic State (IS) militant group and like a few commanders of the Hizb-e-Islami — a JI-affiliate in Afghanistan — apparently intend to announce their allegiance to the IS.
The perpetrators of the May 13 massacre in Karachi left two ISIS flyers at the scene, one in Urdu and another in English, justifying the attack and threatening the “Rawafid” (Shi’ites) in Pakistan. The Urdu flier, titled “The Establishment of the Islamic State, a Message of Death for the Rawafidh!” begins with the  warning: “Know! The mujahideen of the Islamic State–Wilayat Khurasan and the jaanisar sipahis [life-sacrificing warriors] of the Caliph of the Muslims [ISIS chief Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi] have entered the battlefield to enforce the Sharia and exact revenge.”
Takfiri terrorists who killed 46 Islmaili Shia Muslims in Karachi were active members of Jamaat-e-Islami’s student wing.
Speaking within hours of the attack, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the massacre of peaceful Ismaili Muslims but blamed it on external “enemies” enraged by Pakistan’s economic prosperity, stating: “Karachi is the trade hub of Pakistan. An incident happening here has great significance. [We] will not let the lights of Karachi go out. The enemies do not like our economic progress. The Safoora tragedy could be part of an international conspiracy against economic development.”
Although Pakistan may blame external forces for this attack, over the past year there have been signs that ISIS has been gaining a foothold in Pakistan. In fact, the claims of responsibility for the attack by ISIS and the ASWJ-associated Jundallah may not be contradictory, as one may have planned the attack, while local factions may have joined hands to carry it out. It will take time to establish the identity of the perpetrators, but it is clear that the ASWJ-affiliated terrorists began travelling to Syria several years ago to work with ISIS.
Karachi-based Tahreek-e-Khilafat Wa Jihad (TKJ) was the first group  outside the Middle East to offer bai’yah to ISIS emir Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi
“The Network Sending The Pakistani Sunni Fighters To Syria Is Run Jointly By The TTP And ASWJ/LeJ”
Most of the Pakistani jihadists going to Syria and Iraq come from the extremist groups: ASWJ;  Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its associated factions; Jamaat-e-Islami and the Red Mosque of Islamabad, a radical mosque that counted Pakistani military officers among its followers, both before and after the Pakistani authorities ordered a military operation against it in 2007.

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