allegedly formed in 1996 as a breakaway group of Sipah-e
Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) by its former members Akram Lahori,
Riaz Basra and Malik Ishaque. These breakaway members
proved to be the real hardliners. They were of the view
that SSP is deviating from the guiding principles laid
down by Haq Nawaz Jhangvi, the founder of SSP. LeJ has
existed over the years as one of the most secretive
organizations mostly involved in attacks on Shiite
Muslims who they claim are Kafirs (Infidels).
alias Akram Lahori is allegedly the Commander in Chief
or Salar-e Aala of LeJ. He joined SSP in 1990 and as a
founding member formed LeJ in 1996. He was allegedly
involved in many incidents of Shiite massacre. He is
presently under custody.
Riaz Basra, one of the most dreaded criminals in the
history of Pakistan joined SSP in 1985. In 1988, he
contested a provincial assembly seat from Lahore but
lost. He later moved to Afghanistan for armed training.
He was arrested in 1992, allegedly for the murder of a
Shiite leader and an official (Iranian) of Khana-e
Farhang, Lahore. He escaped from the police custody from
the premises of a special court during 1994. He later
formed LeJ with his companions and initiated the
massacre of Shiite leaders. At times he was blamed for
being a mole of government agencies. He was killed in
2001 by the Punjab Police near Mailsi, Multan in an
Malik Ishaque was also one of the most prominent leaders
of the banned LeJ. He served more than a decade in
police custody for many counts of homicide and murder.
However, he was released in 2011 due to lack of
evidence. Many believe that the witnesses retracted
their statements after they were intimidated. Since his
acquittal, the attacks on Shiites in Pakistan showed an
upward trend, which many believe were due to Malik
Ishaque’s acquittal. He was rearrested after the deadly
bombing attack on Hazara Shiites in Quetta in February,
2013. On 29th of July, 2015, Ishaque was killed in a
police encounter in Muzaffargarh along with two of his
sons and eleven other militants.
Other prominent leaders of LeJ include:
• Qari Abdul Hai
• Qari Ata ur Rehman
• Mati ur Rehman
• Asif Basra
• Naeem Chotu
• Naeem Bukhari
These are a significant group of Muslims present in the
sub-continent, who adhere to the Sunni sect and follow
the ideology of Imam Abu Hanifah. The school of thought
is named after University of Deoband Dar ul-Aloom in
India. They believe in safeguarding the teachings of
Islam, while spreading the religion through preaching.
LeJ has its own extremist version of ideology, where it
considers Shia sect as non-Muslims. They justify use of
force against other sects in order to preserve their
interpretation of Islamic values.
LeJ is known
as a secretive organization. It is primarily composed on
sub-units consisting of five to eight men. Each subunit
is governed by a unit head. A subunit existing in an
area is usually oblivious of the subunit and its
activities in another area. The lack of communication
between different subunits makes it difficult for the
authorities to track their actions and movements. It is
believed that after carrying attacks, a subunit splits
up and reforms itself at another secret place.
reports, LeJ drives its funds from private sources in
Arab countries. A number of businessmen based in Karachi
are also said to be the supporters of LeJ. A number of
LeJ cadres are also fund their activities by carrying
out criminal activities.
LeJ was proscribed on August 14, 2001 by the Musharraf
tools & demographics
of LeJ mostly hails from Punjab with the exception of
its Balochistan leadership. LeJ recruits mostly from
Deobandi madrassahs from across the country. It has
carried out attacks on Shiite leadership and
professionals across Pakistan.
Shiites as Kafirs or Infidels and supports its claims
through religious decrees attributed to the various
Deobandi scholars. LeJ considers Shiites as liable to
death and is therefore involved in majority of the
attacks on Shiite leadership and professionals. A number
of its leaders (former and present) had played an active
role in the war against USSR.
have previously fought in Afghanistan alongside Taliban.
They now operate throughout Pakistan and are mostly
involved in attacks on Shiites. They have been most
active recently in Balochistan, involved in the massacre
of Hazara Shiite Muslims. Their operation stretches from
Balkh and Kabul in Afghanistan along with its pence in
Balochistan, Karachi, Punjab and the tribal areas of
LeJ has its
linkages with a number of banned outfits operating in
Pakistan. They were aligned with the Afghan Taliban in
Afghanistan during the war. LeJ was formed as a splinter
group of SSP and named the organization after the slain
leader of SSP, Maulana Haq Nawaz Jhangvi.
LeJ, during the past few years have developed linkages
with a number of Baloch militant organizations like
Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), Balochistan
Republican Army (BRA) and Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF).
With its resurgence, the group now has linkages with the
ISIS (Daesh) in Syria and Iraq.
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different name variations that the group is referred to:
• Lashkar-e Jhangvi Al-Almi
• Army of Jhangvi
• IS - Khurasan
Who they are
Lashkar-e-Jhagvi (LeJ) is a Pakistan based Sunni militant and extremist
group. They follow an Anti-Shia ideology in Pakistan. LeJ is involved in
target killing of Shias, bomb blasts and Political activities. They have
linkages with mainstream political parties
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) is a Pakistan based Sunni
militant and extremist group. They follow an Anti-Shia
ideology in Pakistan. LeJ is involved in target killing
of Shias, bomb blasts and Political activities. They
have linkages with mainstream political parties. After
the killing of its leader, Malik Ishaq, LeJ has been
involved in prominent attacks; attack in Attock killing
Punjab’s Home Minister Shuja Khanzada in 2015 and the
attack on Police Training Camp Quetta in 2016
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) is a splinter group of Sunni extremist organization
Sipa-e Sahaba Pakistan (SSP). LeJ derives its name from its leader Haq Nawaz
Jhangvi (Late). He was founder member of SSP. LeJ was formed in 1996 by
Malik Ishaq, Akram Lahori and Riaz Basra. According to reports they have
training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan. They have small units in the
districts of Punjab which work at district level.
In 2000 LeJ split into two groups due to ethnic conflicts. One was headed by
by Riaz Basra and the other by Qari Abdul Hai also called as Qari Asadullah
or Talha who was the chief of the Majlis-i-Shoora. It is reported that LeJ
leaders are also involved in Tableghi congregations and also have linkages
with Taliban militia, Al-Qaida, Jaish-e-Muhammad and Harkat-ul-Mujahdeen.
LeJ was proscribed in Pakistan on August 2001 by Pervez Musharraf and
declared a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) in 2005.
Now two Jhangvi groups are operating in Pakistan one headed by Malik Ishaq
and other by Maulana Ludhianvi. After the Malik Ishaq was killed, LeJ
resurfaced as LeJ Almi in 2016, claiming the attack on Police Training camp
Deobandi school of thought, they work on an anti-Shia ideology. Their
messages (press releases and warnings) are based on this ideology. It was
established to counter Iranian Islamic Revolution. They use violence to turn
Pakistan into a Sunni state. They were Anti- Soviet and waged Jihad in
audience is mostly derived from Deoband madrasssahs. SSP and LeJ stem from
similar roots and share their ideology. However, leaders of both the
organization refrain from admitting it openly. The only difference between
SSP and LeJ is that the former is the political wing, while the later is the
militant wing; both are working to achieve similar goals.
They use both
online and offline tools to engage or target community. They have Facebook
pages with the name of their leaders, magazines, newspapers and outfit.
Their members are available on Facebook on different pages under the name of
the outfit. One page found with the name of Naila Jhangvi was found, which
means that women are also involved to engage the target audience.
They are following a violent path against the Shia community. Their websites
include audios, videos and literature against Shia and Ahmadis. They have
links of SSP’s newspaper and Magazine (AL-Esar and Ablagh e Haq)
here to download
compete detail of tools used by Lashkar-e Jangvi.
In 2000, news reports indicated
that a split has occurred in LeJ. The resulting two factions were said to be
headed by Riaz Basra and Qari Abdul Hai respectively.