What an open letter from a terrorist group looks like

The banned Pakistani terror outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) has reportedly published an open letter addressed to the Hazara community in Quetta, Pakistan. The letter, reproduced and translated from Urdu below, is an example of the hate literature from sectarian groups that has been published from time to time in Quetta and other Pakistani cities. Coming in the wake of a string of attacks targeting Hazara political leaders, businessmen and ordinary people, this letter has caused significant alarm and concern among the people who see it as an ominous sign of things to come.

The letter makes reference to the May 6 attack on the Hazaras, the first terrorist attack in Pakistan thought to be avenging the killing of Osama bin Laden. In the early-morning incident, unidentified gunmen opened fire and launched at least three rockets at people visiting the graveyard and at people exercising nearby.

An off-shoot of the banned sectarian terrorist network Sipah-e-Sahaba, LeJ is primarily based in the Punjab province of Pakistan but has also been operating in Quetta for the last few years. Although it has been involved in the killings of dozens of civilians in Quetta, few arrests have been made and no convictions have resulted.

Text of the letter:

All Shias are wajib-ul-qatl (worthy of killing). We will rid Pakistan of [this] unclean people. Pakistan means land of the pure, and the Shias have no right to be here. We have the fatwa and signatures of the revered ulema in which the Shias have been declared kaafir [infidel]*. Just as our fighters have waged a successful jihad against the Shia-Hazaras in Afghanistan, our mission [in Pakistan] is the abolition of this impure sect and people, the Shias and the Shia-Hazaras, from every city, every village, every nook and corner of Pakistan. Like in the past, [our] successful Jihad against the Hazaras in Pakistan and, in particular, in Quetta is ongoing and will continue [in the future]. We will make Pakistan their graveyard — their houses will be destroyed by bombs and suicide bombers. We will only rest when we fly the flag of true Islam on this land. Our fighters and suicide bombers have [already] successfully operated in Parachinar**, and are awaiting orders to operate across Pakistan. Jihad against the Shia-Hazaras has now become our duty. Our suicide bombers have successfully operated in Hazara Town on May 6, and now our next target is your houses in Alamdar Road***. As long as our innocent friends aren’t freed [from incarceration], we will continue our operations.

The Principal,

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Pakistan

An open letter form the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi terrorist outfit to the Hazara community in Quetta, Pakistan.

An open letter form the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi terrorist outfit to the Hazara community in Quetta, Pakistan.

* This is a reference to previous hate literature from similar religious outfits. The document at the end of this post is from the Sipah-e-Sahaba, and was found in a madrasa in Quetta. It is a summary collection of fatwas allegedly issued by various scholars declaring the Shias to be infidels.

** Parachinar has seen bloody sectarian wars between its Shia and Sunni populations. LeJ is claiming to have been part of it.

*** Hazara Town and Alamdar Road are the two Hazara enclaves in Quetta. LeJ is threatening attacks on Alamdar Road after the May 6 attack on Hazara Town.

This Urdu document, from Sipah-e-Sahaba, is a summary collection of fatwas allegedly issued by various scholars declaring the Shias to be infidels

This Urdu document, from the Sipah-e-Sahaba terrorist group, is a summary collection of fatwas allegedly issued by various scholars declaring the Shias to be infidels

11 responses to “What an open letter from a terrorist group looks like

  1. Shia Hazara of Pakistan shall never be frightened of such multilated and already dead scavengers.Their claiming of taking lives away by itself,knowingly that life & death is in the hands of the creator(Allah), is a committal of sin and amounting to going against the Islamic injuction and Quran. They are the enemies of Creator(Allah) and Prophet MUHAMMAD(PBUH) and such impure individuals are weak at heart and mind. Their Eman is not complete and donnot possess complete faith in Allah. Pakistani Hazara shall prepare themselves to the utmost of their power to strike terror into the heart of these impures individuals/organization and make sure Allah will help the Hazara in their fight against these impure bunch of scoundrels.
    Pakistan Hazara must feel pride in their religion/faith and ask Prophet MUHAMMAD(PBUH) for their guidence and Hazrat ALI(AS) for their help, invariably Allah will help Pakistan Hazara in their aims.

  2. I think US plot to trigger sectarianism in Pakistan to further weaken unity.It might be the saudi agenda under the clouds bcoz of their largest funding to these groups.Saudis now facing hatred of shias all over the world due to their pro US and anti Iran stance.so there is an interconnection bw both.So itz upto us either shias or sunnis should play a role of pakistani with passion.

  3. I am Sunni muslim. And I love Shia brothers. These kind of org. are not popular in Pakistan,they have name only because they use “Weapons” for their purposes.. Like mqm in karachi.

    Its state duty to have a big check on such things.. But when your state is in war, and a gloabl war near its border… than state can do only minimal things 😦

  4. My family lives on alamdar road =(

  5. After several attacks and killing more than 400 Hazaras in the past 10 years how come it is possible that no one is caught and every move from terrorist side is successful. Sariab Road is Baloch brothers area and Hazaras are attacked mostly in this area. My question is, why Baloch can’t help HAZARAS in their own area, give open hand to terrorist, they should help each other as well as Pashtuns. I remember the unity when I used to live in Quetta in 1982.

  6. This might be part of an international conspiracy to start a civil war in this country but Hazaras are very much concern about their safety living in Quetta. Now this is the responsibility of the federal Government of Pakistan and the Baluchistan Government to insure the safety of the Hazara people living in Quetta.

  7. May Allah protect all Muslims against the enemies of Islam. Ameen

  8. I am sunni muslim and baloch by cast,I am asking a question from all my baloch brothers please wake up pathans are trying to capture on quetta,in terrorist act no sipah e sahaba is involved,these are pathan terrorist and land mafia as pathan wants to have the control of quetta city and they are using the name of Sipah e Sahaba and BLA,why thwy are killing hazaras??? because pathan knows that hazaras are the only community that can defeat them as baloch people have no population in quetta city,Dear All it is a preplaned game and the players of this game is Pathan specially PMAP,master mind Mahmood khan achakzai,it is my request from all my baloch brothers to come inside quetta city and take over the bussiness as pathan terrorist comes from chaman and all around the Pakistan. Balochistan. near pathan money and bussiness is everything.they are not muslim thay are indirectly related to Yahoodi’s as they belongs to Bani Israel.plz plz plz all my dearest baloch brothers save our province balochistan else pathans are not sincere with our province,Baloch zindabad balochistan zindabad.

  9. I would be interested to know how authentic this letter is ? if this is really from SSP leadership ? are they aware of this ?

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  11. I’m a die-hard ultra conservative Sunni and I want you to know that I feel strongly that those who are targeting Shias like this must be exterminated and we cannot allow disunity to destroy us all. We are all together in this!

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