Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan

Sipah-E-Sahaba Pakistan

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Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) is a Deobandi militant organization, and a formerly registered Pakistani political party, established in the early 1980s in Jhang by Maulana Haq Nawaz Jhangvi primarily to deter major Shia influence in Pakistan in the wake of the Iranian Revolution. Formerly known as Anjuman-e-Sipah-e-Sahaba and the Army of the Friends of Sahaba, the organization was banned by President Pervez Musharraf in 2002 as a terrorist organization under the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1997.B. Raman, , South Asia Analysis Group , Paper no. 395, 18 January 2002

History

Maulana Haq Nawaz Jhangvi, Maulana Zia-ur-Rehman Farooqi, Maulana Eesar-ul-Haq Qasmi and Maulana Azam Tariq formed the SSP in 1985 originally under the name of Anjuman Sipah-e-Sahaba.

When Jhangvi was assassinated in 1990, Maulana Azam Tariq assumed leadership of the group.

An SSP leader was a minister in the Coalition Government in Punjab in 1993 and the group had actively contested elections. The group supported a proclamation to establish Pakistan as a Deobandi republic. In 2003, the organization was reestablished under the Millat-e-Islamia Pakistan but was again banned in November of that year....
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