Jundallah (Pakistan)

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Not to be confused with Jundallah (Iran).

Jundallah (جندالله, lit. "Soldiers of Allah") is an Islamist terrorist militant group associated with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The group was commanded by Hakimullah Mehsud, the Emir of TTP,[1] until his death on 1 November 2013.[2][3] Ahmed Marwat is the spokesman of the group.[4] On 17 November 2014, a group spokesman told Reuters that it had vowed allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, after a meeting with a three-man delegation from the group.[5] The group has a total of 12,000 to 20,000 fighters, according to a leaked government memo. However, this is disputed by Pakistani security officials and ministers.[5]

Claimed and alleged attacks[edit]

The group is wanted in connection to a wide range of terrorist attacks,[6] most famously the June 10, 2004 attempted assassination attempt on the convoy of Ahsan Saleem Hyat, the then Karachi Corps Commander.[7][8]

February 2012 Kohistan Massacre[edit]

In February 2012, 18 Shia Muslims travelling from Rawalpindi, Punjab to Gilgit, Gilgit Baltistan in Pakistan on a bus were stopped in Kohistan and massacred based on their religious affiliation by individuals dressed in Military uniforms.[9] After the incident, Ahmad Marwat claiming to be the commander of the banned terrorist group Jundallah claimed responsibility for the act by contacting the media. After the shooting the gunmen resorted to aerial firing and moved to the nearby hilly areas. [10]

June 2013 murder of tourists in Gilgit–Baltistan[edit]

Jundallah claimed responsibility for the killing of tourists and their Pakistani guide in Gilgit–Baltistan. The tourists were mountain-climbers who had hoped to climb Nanga Parbat. The dead included five Ukrainians, three Chinese, and their guide.[11] [12]

September 2013 church bombing[edit]

On 22 September 2013, a twin suicide bomb attack took place at All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan,[13] in which 127 people were killed and over 250 injured.[14] It was the deadliest attack on the Christian minority in the history of Pakistan.[15]

Quetta 2014 Attack[edit]

On 23 October 2014 a suicide bomber targeted Maulana Fazlur Rahman of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) (JUI-F), who was unhurt while three deaths occurred on spot and dozens were injured.[16]

November 2014 Suicide Attack at Wagah[edit]

On 2 November 2014, a suicide bomber attempting to enter the parade arena after flag lowering ceremony detonated explosives, killing at least 60 people, including two Rangers, and injuring more than 110 others. Victims include 10 women and seven children.[17] Jundullah claimed responsibility for the attack, positing it as retaliation for Operation Zarb-e-Azb. [18]

In Literature[edit]

There is scant literature available on Jundallah in English language. The Scriptwriter is the first English language novel written about Jundallah by a writer from Pakistan/Iran region.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mir, Amir (26 September 2013). "TTP headed for major split as Mehsud promotes his driver". The News International. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Drone strike in Pakistan kills head of Pakistan Taliban". Fox News. 1 November 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Pakistan Taliban say chief Mehsud killed in drone strike". BBC. 2 November 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Pakistani Taliban's Jundullah group claims responsibility for Sukkur attack". Dawn. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Pakistan Taliban splinter group vows allegiance to Islamic State". Reuters. 18 November 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Four Jundullah militants, two cops killed, The News International, Jan 30, 2008
  7. ^ Death penalty awarded to 11 activists of Jundullah group in Corps commander attack case, PakTribune, Feb 22, 2006
  8. ^ Hearing in convoy attack case put off, Dawn (newspaper), August 16, 2008
  9. ^ "BBC News - Pakistan sectarian bus attack in Kohistan kills 18". Bbc.co.uk. 2012-02-28. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  10. ^ "Kohistan massacre: 16 executed in sectarian bus ambush". The Express Tribune. 29 February 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  11. ^ Masood, Salman; Walsh, Declan (23 June 2013). "Militants Kill 10 Climbers in Himalayas of Pakistan". The New York Times. 
  12. ^ http://theworldoutline.com/2013/09/pakistan-church-bombing-claims-the-lives-of-85-worshippers/#!
  13. ^ "Suicide bombers attack historic church in Peshawar, 60 killed". Zee News. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "40 die in Pakistan bombing". BBC News. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "Suicide bomb attack kills 60 at Pakistan church". Associated Press via The Los Angeles Times. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  16. ^ Ali Shah, Syed (23 October 2014). "Two killed as JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman escapes suicide attack in Quetta". Dawn. Herald. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  17. ^ http://www.dawn.com/news/1142006/ttp-splinter-groups-claim-wagah-attack-60-dead
  18. ^ http://photonews.com.pk/jundullah-claims-wagah-sui
  19. ^ http://www.amazon.com/The-Scriptwriter-Adeerus-Ghayan-ebook/dp/B00NDOL6SU

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