I am posting this because I find that a number of friends simply have no idea of the kind of Shia hatred that is being systematically encouraged by the Takfiri Deobandi activists of Sipah Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) in Pakistan. This level of public projection of communal hatred directed at Shias started in the 1980s (when Deobandi, and to some extent Salafi/Wahhabi, seminaries and clerics were recruited by Saudi Arabia, CIA and Pakistan army for Afghan Jihad) and has accelerated since. But it can be missed if you live in Defense or Clifton or other upper class neighborhoods. Upper class burger-jihadis are not always familiar with it (though some of them have got the message that some Shia beliefs approach the zone of heresy and may need to be adjusted as pure islam takes hold). Westoxicated Leftists have absolutely no clue at all, since they grew up in Defense, went to school in KGS and studied postcolonialism and critical studies in Boston.
Well, time to get clued in..
and this is the leader whose mission he promises to carry on:
In the meanwhile don’t ignore the fact that Sipah Sahaba Taliban (Deobandi militants) are planning to infiltrate into Pakistan security agencies: Red Alert : http://criticalppp.com/archives/235777
A few quick points:
1. He openly states that his mission is the mission of Haq Nawaz Jhangvi Deobandi, the man after whom the supposedly banned organization “lashkar e jhangvi” is named. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) is an alias of Sipah Sahaba (now operating as Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat ASWJ) the terrorist organization that is responsible for killing hundreds of Shias across Pakistan. He boasts that when he is done, no Sunni in Pakistan will even shake hands with a Shia and “we wont have to kill them, they will die their own death” (apni maut aap mar jaen gey”). (It is a fact that the membership and influence of Sipah Sahaba (LeJ, ASWJ etc) remains limited to Deobandis only, Pakistan’s largest Sunni sub-sect, i.e., Sunni Barelvis, remain indifferent or opposed to Shia genocide. In addition to killing thousands of Shias, Sipah Sahaba has also killed thousands of Sunni Barelvis and hundreds of Ahmadis and Christians. Context: Ideological roots of Deobandis’ attacks on Shias and Sufi Sunnis in Pakistan: http://criticalppp.com/archives/235373 )
2. This man was travelling in a Toyota Land cruiser with half a dozen armed guards and a police escort was leading the way. Or as brother Tariq Ali would say “lumpen elements”.
3. The leader of the Sipah Sahaba, Maulana Ludhianvi Deobandi was at the hospital to meet him and give him his full support. This leader is regularly on TV, is courted by political parties and is a leading light of the “defence of Pakistan council” floated by the army just last year.
4. In protest against this attack the SSP was able to have the entire city of Karachi observe a strike on 12-26. If this is a fringe group it is a rather powerful fringe group.
Connect the dots
By the way, here is Maulana Ludhianvi Deobandi welcoming Malik Ishaq Deobandi on his release from prison. Tahir Ashrafi Deobandi (a new found hero of Pakistan’s urban elites) too can be seen in the reception team.
Though I must add that the situation is Indonesia is not analogous because Shias a very tiny minority there. They can be suppressed and the nation may still remain largely unaffected. Pakistan, with 20 million plus Shias is not the same thing.
Though i must add that the situation is Indonesia is not analogous because Shias a very tiny minority there. They can be suppressed and the nation may still remain largely unaffected. Pakistan, with 20 million plus Shias is not the same thing.
Addendum from friend in Karachi: Aside from conducting Shia massacres all over Pakistan, the nexus of LeJ-ASWJ formerly known as SSP is also responsible for attacks on Pakistan’s Christian and Ahmadi muslim communities. The overwhelming majority of terrorist attacks can be traced back to this nexus of interconnected groups which include suicide attacks all over Pakistan that have killed countless Sunnis following the softer strains of Sufism. Too often, any criticism against LeJ is dismissed on the basis of ignorance or dishonest scholarship that has been thoroughly debunked. And Yes, even before 9/11, LeJ-SSP had well established links with the Taliban. When Pakistan’s then Interior Minister Gen. Moinuddin Haider requested for the extradition of Riaz Basra from Taliban protection in Kabul, he was bluntly rejected by the army’s own proxies.
Naked death threat to Senator Faisal Raza Abidi by Malik Ishaq (vice president of Sipah Sahaba) posted on Ulma-e-Deoband facebook page on 28Dec12. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=584240781592931&set=a.144973082186372.28395.144428562240824&type=1