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Sunni Tehreek is a Pakistani Barelvi (Sufi) religio-political organization. The organization was founded in Pakistan in 1990 to promote the interests of the Barelvi sect (that the majority adheres to), in conflicts against the Deobandi and Ahl al-Hadith movements.
After the fragmenting and decline of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Sunni Tehreek arose as the primary opposition to the Deobandi Banuri Mosque, headed by Nizamuddin Shamzai. The Sunni Tehreek strongly opposed the giving of important religious posts to Deobandis. Its branch in Lahore publicly declared its opposition to the appointment of a Deobandi cleric as khateeb of Badshahi Mosque, and other similar appointments.
In May 2001, sectarian riots broke out after Sunni Tehreek leader Saleem Qadri was assassinated by Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, an anti-Shiite Deobandi militant group. His successor, Abbas Qadri, charged President Pervez Musharraf's regime with "patronising terrorists" and "standing between us and the murderers."
In April 2007, according to some sources, Sunni Tehreek members opened gunfire on an Ahl al-Hadith Mosque in Karachi. One worshiper was killed in the attack. After the attack, Western analysts described the movement as a radicalization of traditional beliefs in the Indian subcontinent.
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