Pakistan: Banned sectarian organization ASWJ targeted again, member shot dead

Pakistan Latest News: In Karachi, Pakistan, a member of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) has been killed. The deceased has been identified as Mohammad Taj, who was attacked by unidentified assailants in Gulberg. Further details about the timing and nature of the attack have not been revealed yet. However, this is not the first time that a leader of this organization has been targeted.

In the beginning of December 2023, ASWJ local leader Bilal Murshid (30) was shot in Karachi and sustained injuries. According to a report by the Pakistani newspaper ‘Don’, bikers targeted him in the Godhra area of Sector 11-J. During the attack, he was shot five times. He was initially taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital in critical condition and later shifted to Liaquat National Hospital. ASWJ spokesperson claimed it was a targeted attack of a certain kind. It was alleged that the current government has failed to maintain peace and order in the city.

ASWJ member in Pakistan targeted again, unknown assailants fatally shoot him

Pervez Musharraf imposed a ban in 2002

According to a report by the BBC, the ASWJ was first banned by Pakistani leader General Pervez Musharraf in 2002. The group, known as Sipah-e-Sahaba (SSP) or Soldiers of the Company of the Prophet, for supporting Al-Qaeda. It was initially registered under SSP but reemerged under the name ASWJ after the ban. These individuals have been accused of the murder of thousands of Shia Muslims. However, the group’s leader dismissed the ban as baseless. Additionally, members of this group have previously targeted minorities, security targets, and embassies.

Accused of spreading anti-Shia hatred

According to a report by ‘The Diplomat’, Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat has been a banned sectarian organization accused of spreading anti-Shia hatred for decades. In the 1990s, the group was accused of carrying out high-profile attacks and targeting Shia scholars, mosques, and gatherings.

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