Lashkar-e-Islam (Urdu: لشكرِ اسلام), (LI or LeI) literally Army of Islam also transliterated as Lashkar-e-Islami, Lashkar-i-Islam) is a militant organization active in and around Khyber Agency, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan. LeI was founded in 2004 by Mufti Munir Shakir. The most recent leader was Mangal Bagh. On March 12, 2015, Lashkar-e-Islam announced that it was joining Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan. Pakistan banned the organization in June 2008
On April 17, 2008, Bagh claimed that LeI has over 180,000 volunteers in Khyber Agency
On April 27, 2008, it was reported that a "Lashkar-e-Islam" has changed its name to "Jaish-e-Islami". It is unclear whether this is the same group, or another which happened to use the same name. The reports stated that this LeI is located in Bajaur Agency, and headed by Wali Rehman.
- In October, a key commander of the militant group surrendered to security forces along with 80 of his men.
During Operation Khyber-1 numerous militants had laid down their arms and surrendered to authorities.
- On November 10, 2014, Official sources say that three key commanders of the group, newly appointed spokesman of the LI Saifullah Saif, Commander Ilyas and Commander Wajid, have announced that they were leaving the LI have surrendered to authorities.
Currently, Lashkar-e-Islam has its headquarters in Afghanistan. Senior Afghan analyst, Borhan Osman claim that the Afghanistan government support to Lashkar-e-Islam and Mangal Bagh is a open secret. There are currently 500 members of Lashkar-e-Islam along with Mangal Bagh in Afghanistan. Residents of Achin District in Afghanistan claim that the Afghan government is generously hosting Lashkar-e-Islam members. The members of groups are allowed to host their group's flag on their houses. Similarly, along with militants from groups like Tehrik-i-Taliban, members of Lashkar-e-Islam are also allowed freedom movement in the province and treatment in government run hospitals in Afghanistan. Afghan intelligence agency, National Directorate of Security (NDS) wants them to fight against the Pakistani government.
(The term "Lashkar-e-Islam" is very generic, but the following individuals have been cited in media as leaders of an organization by that name in Bara tehsil, Pakistan)
On March 17, 2016 Lashkar-e-Islam claimed responsibility for a bomb blast on a bus taking government employees from remote villages to Peshawar Secretariat. The attack claimed 16 lives and left 53 injured.
Lashkar E Islam Is also involved in Peshawar School attack on 16 December 2014
Recent focus on Lashkar-e-IslamEdit
- "Pakistani splinter group rejoins Taliban amid fears of isolation". Reuters. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
- "List of banned organisations in Pakistan". Tribune.com.pk. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
- Lashkar-e-Islam claims membership of 180,000 volunteers in Khyber Agency South Asian Terrorism Portal 18 April 2008
- Taliban group chooses new name Daily Times (Pakistan), 27 Apr 2008.
- Zahir Shah Sherazi. "Three key LI commanders lay down arms". Dawn.com. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
- Borhan Osman. "The Islamic state in 'Khorasan': How it began and where it stands now in Nangarhar". Afghan Analyst Network. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
- Staff Report Khyber Agency given last chance to resolve Mufti issue Daily Times (Pakistan), 26 Feb 2006.
- Khyber Rifles takes up arms against Mufti and Pir Daily Times (Pakistan) 03 Feb 2007
- "16 killed govt employee bus blast". E.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
- "Daily Times". Daily Times. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
- "BBC NEWS - South Asia - Pakistan hard-liners 'shot dead'". News.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 6 February 2015.