Group/ Amar Bin Maroof Wa Nahi Munkir (which means,
Promotion of Virtue and Suppression of Vice)
From the given
information, it can be assumed that the outfit was
created along with another militant outfit
Islam” in 2004 by Haji Namdar in District Baara
(Federally Administered Tribal Areas) FATA. The aim was
Sharia Law in the region as well as helping
Taliban in their fight against US in Afghanistan.
Leader/Founder: Haji Namdar
was closely related to Taliban and was a vivid believer
in the Salafi segment of Islam. Namdar was born in Tirah
valley (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) but moved to Saudi Arabia
later. No information is available regarding what his
activities were in Saudi Arabia. After returning to Tirah Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from Saudi Arabia,
Namdar set about implementing laws similar the Ministry
for the Suppression of Vice and the endorsement of
Virtue in Taliban-run Afghanistan. Later, he was hired
by the Taliban and
al-Qaeda as their point man to assist
them in establishing a footing in the Khyber Agency, so
that they could easily attack the
NATO supply lines in
Border areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Taliban with
the help of Namdar carried out several attacks on NATO
supply lines. He was considered as the top enemy of NATO
forces. Moreover, he was also amongst the founding
fathers of “Lashkar e Islam”.
In 2008, Namdar switched sides and turned against the
Taliban for a reward of US$150,000 by US on ensuring the
arrests of various Taliban leaders. His move caused
uproar in Taliban and various extremist organizations
operating in FATA. He was attacked various times by
Taliban and the leader of “Lashkar e Islam” Mangal Bagh
for betraying the fraternity, but he was not killed.
Finally in August 2008, he was killed by unknown gunmen
after they attacked the headquarters of his Vice and
Salafis are a
segment of Muslims that believe in following the
fundamentals of Islam, according to their specific
interpretation. The word 'Salafi' comes up from the
Arabic phrase, 'as-salaf as-saliheen', which means the
first three generations of Muslims. Easily identifiable
from their characteristic long beards, white robes and
head scarfs, Salafis are considered to be socially and
religiously conservative. Haji Namdar Group has adopted
violent means to implement their interpretation of
strict Sharia laws in Federally Administered Tribal
death, no reports have surfaced regarding Namdar’s
group. Members of the outfit have joined the massive
180,000 force of “Lashkar e Islam”.
information is available regarding the financial
resources of the organization.
Proscribed on June 30th 2008.
The organization was banned by Pakistan’s interior
ministry for their involvement in criminal activities in
tools & demographics
operated illegal FM radio station to promote their
ideology, while also focused on security and resolving
tribal enmities to win support.
of Shariah law in Khyber Agency and helping the Taliban
in Afghanistan in their fight against the US and
Group operates mostly in Tirah valley, Khyber
Agency-Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
Till 2008, the
organization had close links with Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
As mentioned earlier, the members of the outfit have
joined the massive 180,000 force of “Lashkar e Islam”.
According to the information acquired, LI is not active
on print media.
Audio / Video:
Haji Namdar utilized an illegal fm radio station to
spread his ideology amongst the locals in the region.
It won public
support by concentrating on the security and was also
involved in resolving old tribal disputes.
group is also referred to as:
• Amar Bin Maroof Wa Nahi Munkir (which means, Promotion
of Virtue and Suppression of Vice).
Who they are
Haji Namdar group is a militant
Islamic outfit that is primarily concerned with the execution of Sharia law
within the district Baara- Khyber Agency area of the Federally Administered
Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan. Its founder, Haji Inamdar is dead but the
group is still believed to be a threat in the region. Later the group was
hired by Taliban and Al-Qaeda, for attacking the NATO forces supply in
Pakistan-Afghanistan border and assisting Taliban in their fight against the
US in Afghanistan. The group is accused of having contacts with Al-Qaeda and
Taliban and has been carrying out violent activities in the area since its
inception in 2004. The organization was originally established as a
non-violent organization for enforcing Shariah law in the region, however
with time, it resorted to violence. They have adopted violent means of
enforcing their ideology. For instance, music was banned along with the
television and every worshipper was made to sign the mosque's register in
order to confirm they had offered prayers.
The organization was originally
established in 2004 by the co-founder of “Lashkar e Islam” Haji Namdar as a
non-violent organized for enforcing Shariah law in the region. The
organization followed the model of Taliban in enforcing strict
interpretation of Islamic Shariah. It won public support by concentrating on
the security. According to sources, initially it was also involved in
resolving old tribal
. Later on it also became an ally of Taliban in their
fight against the US in Afghanistan. The founder of the organization, Haji
Namdar initially used an illegal fm radio station to spread his ideology
amongst the locals. In 2008, Namdar deceived his partners and turned against
the Taliban to earn a reward from US in return of identifying the
whereabouts of the hiding Taliban. This move didn’t help him much as the
extremist groups in the region as well as Taliban turned their focus to
hunting down the traitor, Namdar. Eventually, he was killed in August 2008
After his death, most of the members moved to “Lashkar e Islam” and
currently a pose a threat to the security of the region.
Haji Namdar Group is a Salafi
Islamist organization that aims at implementing Sharia within their
constituency- the Khyber Agency area of the Federally Administered Tribal
Areas (FATA) in Pakistan. Moreover, they also aim at wiping out the
non-Muslims from Afghanistan.