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Rangers Officials Hold Meeting With Banned Outfit ASWJ Leader Aurangzeb Farooqi In Karachi

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Members of the Pakistan Rangers met sectarian outfit Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat’s (ASWJ) leader, Aurangzeb Farooqi, to offer condolences on the death of his father.

Pictures doing the rounds on social media showed officials of Pakistan Rangers in a meeting with Aurangzeb Farooqi on what was reported to be his father’s funeral.

In November, the group was in the news for practicing hate speech against the Shia sect at a public gathering in Karachi.

The ASWJ is an offshoot of the Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), a sunni extremist organisation that had first been banned in 2002.

According to a report in BBC, in 2012, the Pakistan People’s Party-led government again banned the organisation, for what it said was due to concerns of terrorism.

In 2018, a month before the general elections, the National Counter-Terrorism Authority (NACTA), had unfrozen the assets of ASWJ chief Ahmed Ludhianvi and also removed the ban on the organisation.

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