US Must Designate SSP and ASWJ in Pakistan as Terrorists

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Arrested Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) militant admits to Killing Shi’a in Pakistan

The United States must designate Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) and Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) which is not only the new incarnation of SSP, but also a political front of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), a Foreign Terrorist Organization in accordance with Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act of the USA and a known affiliate of the Taliban and ISIS.

ASWJ and LeJ are essentially multiple fronts of the same organization.  Malik Ishaq, a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under US Executive Order 13224 and a founding leader of LeJ is also the Vice President of ASWJ, which is another banned organization in Pakistan. Both organizations ASWJ/LeJ, are guilty of committing some of the heinous terrorist acts committed in Pakistan against Sunnis, Shias, Ahmadis and Christians.

The United States already has Malik Ishaq and LeJ on the most wanted global terrorist list since a year ago. Then why is ASWJ, the organization represented by the likes of Malik Ishaq and fellow violence inciting hatemongers like Aurangzeb Farooqi not on the list?

The head of ASWJ, Ahmed Ludhianvi, personally went to greet Malik Ishaq on his release from jail and in his public rallies, uses SSP interchangeably . In another video segment around the minute, the infamous Ahmed Ludhianvi confesses that SSP is banned group working as ASWJ. He refers to himself as SSP here.

Malik Ishaq’s controversial release from prison was facilitated by his close associate Tahir Ashrafi in the latter’s negotiations with the former COAS General (r) Ashfaq Pervaiz Kiyani, in spite of his involvement in numerous acts of terrorism (“The Wrong Enemy”, Gall, Carlotta. Page 114). Such controversial and irresponsible acts are possible due to the lack of international pressure and understanding of the interconnectivity between various terrorist groups.

The lack of a US ban on ASWJ enables its members and supporters of this terrorist outfit to generate financial, political and moral support from funders and supporters in the US, Canada, Europe, Gulf and other countries.

ASWJ and its sister organization Lashkar e Jhangvi (LeJ) have been actively involved in the persecution and killing of various different sects and religious groups in Pakistan. Here is a limited list of their most egregious massacres:

2006: Over 60 Sunni Barelvi scholars were killed when an LeJ bomber targeted the Eid e Milad un Nabi (Commemoration of the Holy Prophet’s birthday) in Nishtar Park, Karachi

2010: More than 100 Sunnis and Sufis were killed in a similar suicide attack by the LeJ at the Data Darbar in Lahore

1998- 2013 SSP/ASWJ/ LeJ lynch mobs facilitated Land mafias by burning down a Christian locality of Shantinagar. In 2009 and 2013 Christians were once again attacked by ASWJ and their properties burnt in Joseph Colony. In Gojra 2009, Christians were burnt to death by ASWJ/LeJ lynch mobs

2010: More than 100 Ahmadi muslims were massacred in the attack on their mosques in Lahore during Friday prayers by the LeJ

2013: The Alamdar Road, Hazara Town, Abbas Town as well as the Ashura blasts in 2009 killed over 300 Shia muslims and injured countless others.

ASWJ-LeJ/SSP frequently takes credit for such attacks with the most blatant being an awards ceremony in 2014 in Quetta where hate speech boasted of completing a “century” (100) of Shia killings in Quetta a year earlier. The Karachi chief of ASWJ-LeJ, Aurangzeb Farooqi, publically threatens genocide and close to 160 Shia doctors as well as lawyers, professors, poets, artists, activists, corporate professionals and traders have been killed due to similar incitement to murder by ASWJ-LeJ.

ASWJ/LeJ’s activities are often dismissed by misrepresenting its terrorist activities as “sectarian conflict” – a spurious and insensitive contention that is invalidated by more indepth reports like this . ASWJ/LeJ’s violence database against both Sunnis and Shias proves that this is not a sectarian conflict between Sunnis and Shias but actually a genocidal campaign by ISIS-affiliated groups against Muslims and Christians in Pakistan.

As LeJ is already a banned outfit, it has no qualms about owning up to the killings and bombings the group carries out. ASWJ is, in reality, the political face of the LeJ.

The equation is simple; the group apostatizes its targets under the banner of ASWJ and kills them as LeJ. One face is used to influence gullible minds and to infiltrate intelligentsia, media, and state institutions whereas the other is used to exercise violence.

4 thoughts on “US Must Designate SSP and ASWJ in Pakistan as Terrorists

  • February 14, 2015 at 12:59 am

    These terrorists are like cancer. We must kill them. They are tumors of this world.they are not human beings. no any religion permits to kill innocent human beings.

  • February 14, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Not only banned but must be eradicated for the safety of civilization.

  • February 15, 2015 at 6:35 am

    US will never ever take any action against those groups involved in the heinous terrorism against Shiite Muslims because these terrorist groups are mostly supported and financed by US and their allies like SA. UAE etc. The utmost priority of US is to destroy every Shiite group having or showing sympathy towards I. R. Iran. US has declared Hamas as terrorist but not Fatah, Hisbollah terrorist but not Israel, Asad a terrorist but nit Natenyaho. Sipah Mohamnad terrorist but not SSP. Practically US is the chief and most active enemy of Shiite Muslims. US would never ever undertake any political step to save or strengthen Shiite Muslims any where; nit even in thr US.

  • February 15, 2015 at 10:38 am

    These talibani were adopted child of US & America , they are not at all muslims. there organisation should be banned and they should not be spared free to roam around and kill innocent peoples of the world.


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