Sunni Ittehad Council

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Sunni Ittehad Council
President Syed Mahfooz Shah Sahib (SIC-M)
Chairman Sahibzada Hamid Raza (SIC-F)
Ideology Sunni Islam
Politics of Pakistan
Political parties

The Sunni Ittehad Council is an Islamic political party in Pakistan which represents about 160 million Pakistani followers of the moderate Barelvi (Sufi) school of Sunni Islam; the majority sect in Pakistan.[1] Member parties of the Sunni Ittehad Council includes the Aalmi Tanzeem Ahle Sunnat of Pir Afzal Qadri (of Gujrat) and Jamiat Ulema e Pakistan - Sawad e Azam of Sayyid Mahfooz Shah Sahib Mashadi. Jamiat Ulema e Pakistan (JUP) is believed to be the most influential street power in Pakistan. Renowned for defending Pakistan Army, Sunni Ittehad Council is strictly pro-military.


In December 2001, the Sunni Ittehad Council launched a countrywide "Difa-e-Pakistan campaign" to create public awareness against NATO attacks on Pakistan’s border military posts in Mohmand Agency, and decided to hold a "Condemn America Day" on the 23rd of that month.[2]

In September 2011, the Council reacted to rumors that the United States might invade Pakistan in an attempt to put down terrorist networks in the country. The Council issued a fatwa stating that jihad against the US would become obligatory were the country to encroach upon Pakistani soil, and urged the Pakistani government to prepare the nation for a holy war "in the way of God."[3]

On 12 October 2012, a group of 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwā against the Taliban gunmen who tried to kill Malala Yousafzai. Islamic scholars from the Sunni Ittehad Council publicly denounced attempts by the Pakistani Taliban to mount religious justifications for the shooting of Yousafzai and two of her classmates.[4]


Due to some political divisions, the Sunni Ittehad Council broke into two. One faction, led by Sayyid Muhammad Mahfooz Shah Sahib of Bhikki Shareef, declared that Sahibzada Fazal e Kareem and Haji Hanif Tayyab had been removed from their positions due to attempting to create an alliance with the Pakistan Muslim League Q without the prior permission of the member parties of the Sunni Ittehad Council, along with a host of other allegations.[5]

Sahibzada Fazal e Kareem therefore established a SIC-F while Sayyid Mahfzooz Shah Sahib made a SIC-Mashadi. Fazal e Kareem later passed away and the leadership of the SIC-F was given to Sahibzada Hamid Raza [6]