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The Jamaat Ahle Sunnat (Urdu: جماعت اہل سنت‎) is a Muslim religious organization in Pakistan that represents the Barelvi movement. It was supported by Muhammad Shafee Okarvi.[citation needed] Allama Syed Shah Turab-ul-Qadri was its head in 2016.[citation needed]


In 2006, a bomb attack on a Jamaat Ahle Sunnat organised event to celebrate the mawlid (birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad) in Karachi killed at least 63 people and injured over 80.[1][2] Among the dead were several Barelvi religious figures, including the senior leadership of Jamaat Ahle Sunnat and Sunni Tehreek.[3] Three men said to belong to the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi were indicted for the crime.[4]

In January 2011, scholars from the organization advised Muslims not to attend the funeral of Salmaan Taseer, the Punjab governor who had recently been assassinated in response to his outspoken beliefs against blasphemy laws.[5]


  1. ^ Bomb carnage at Karachi prayers, BBC Online, 11 April 2006
  2. ^ JAS releases Nishtar Park bomb blast video, Daily Times (Pakistan), 21 March 2008
  3. ^ Special Coverage of Nishtar Park bombing Archived 31 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Jang Group Online
  4. ^ Three LJ activists indicted in Nishtar Park blast case, Dawn (newspaper), 2 September 2009
  5. ^ "Pakistanis bury Punjab governor". Al Jazeera. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2011.

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