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Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) is a banned sectarian organization and a former registered political party in Pakistan, primarily established to deter Shia influence.[1][2] Formerly known as Anjuman-e-Sipah-e-Sahaba and the Army of the Friends of the Prophet, the organization was founded in the early 1980s by the Deobandi cleric Maulana Haq Nawaz Jhangvi.[2] Connected to terrorist violence, primarily against Shia, the SSP was declared a terrorist organization and banned by President Pervez Musharraf in 2002.[1] 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.[2]

According to Shahbaz Bhatti, the federal minister for minorities in Pakistan, the August 2009 Gojra riots against Pakistan's Christian minority were organized and perpetrated by Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan.[3] Police arrested more than 65 people for their alleged involvement in the violence. The arrested men include Qari Abdul Khaliq Kashmiri, a leader of the Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan.[4]

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References

  1. ^ a b B. Raman, "Musharraf's Ban: An Analysis", South Asia Analysis Group , Paper no. 395, 18 January 2002
  2. ^ a b c "Pakistan: The Sipah-e-Sahaba (SSP), including its activities and status", Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, 26 July 2005
  3. ^ 6 Christians Killed in Riots in Pakistan, The New York Times, 2009-08-01
  4. ^ Negligence of officials blamed for Gojra riots, Dawn (newspaper), 2009-08-03

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