Tehrik-e-Jafaria Pakistan

Tehrik-E-Jafaria Pakistan

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The Tehrik-e-Jafaria Pakistan (TJP) () also called Tehrik-e-Islami is a Shia political party in Pakistan. It was formed in 1979 with the name Tehrik-e-Nafaz-e-Fiqah-e-Jafaria () as result of enforcement of controversial Islamic laws and politicization and discrimination against shias in Pakistan Army and Civil Service.

Since then TJP has been led by Sajid Ali Naqvi. Daily Times, March 3, 2008

It is one of two groups that split off from Shi'ite leader Allama Mufti Jaffar Hussain's TNFJ with the second group being Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Fiqh-e-Jafaria (TNFJ) headed by Hamid Ali Moosavi, which continues to function under the old name of TNFJ. TJP founder Arif Hussain Hussaini was assassinated in 1988 by unknown attackers.

The main objective of this party, banned two times by President Pervez Musharraf's government, is to protect Shias rights and give them a voice in Parliament, they do not advocate a Shia state and have cordial relations with Sunni which is why they joined coalition of Islamist political parties Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal that won 53 out of 272 elected members in legislative elections held on 20 October 2002.


Following the death of Zia-ul-Haq, support for Tehrik-e-Jafaria Pakistan fell as Pakistani Shias went back to pre-Zia-ul-haq political loyalties, with many no longer feeling under threat. Furthermore the election of moderate Benazir Bhutto also gave increased confidence to Shias they were no longer under threat and discrimination...
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