Name of Organization   LASHKAR-ETAIBA/JAMAT-UD DAWA

 

Formation  

Established-1990

Lashkar e Taiba was formed in 1990 as an armed wing of an extremist Islamic organization Markaz Al-Dawa wa al-Irshad (MDI) formally established in 1987 by Hafiz Muhammad Saeed[1].

 

Leadership   Founder & President-Hafiz Muhammad Saeed is the current President and top leader of Jammatud-Dawa (JuD) and founder of Lashkar-e Taiba.

1950- He was born in Sargodha in 1950.

In 1968 he completed his bachelor’s degree from Punjab University.

From 1970-1974 he did two Masters Degrees from the same university. From the Jamia Malik Saud (King Saud University) he completed his specialization with gold medal in Arabic language. He further remained with various Saudi scholars. He became one of the favorites of the Saudi Scholar, ShaykhAbd-ul Aziz Ibn-e Baz. He also worked at various libraries during his stay in Saudi Arabia. [2].

Second in Command-Zakiur-Rehman is considered to be the second in command after Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and is famously known as ‘Chachu’ or ‘Uncle.’ He was born in Okara. He has directed military operations in:
 Chechnya,
 Bosnia,
 Iraq and
 South East Asia.
Maulana Amir Hamza is also considered as one of the most important leaders of JuD. He is a fiery speaker and writer.

 

 

School of Thought   Ahle- Hadith

The Ahle Hadiths are sometimes termed as Salafis. However, their opponents also call them Wahabis. They belong to the larger group of Sunni Islam. According to Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind “Ahle Hadees adhere to the pristine teachings of Islam as enshrined in the Holy Quran and Sunnah (the precepts, practices and approvals of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) and reject what has not been enjoined by the Islamic Shariah.

The Ahle Hadeeths or the Salafis believe in pristine Monotheism (Tauheed Khalis), turn to Allah seeking His Mercy and don’t invoke Saint’s blessings. They do not stick to any of the Sectarian Jurisprudence (fiqh).although they are given due respect. Since they adhere to the pristine teachings of the Holy Quran and Sunnah, they have their distinct identity among Muslims.”[3]

 

Structure of the Organization  

While LeT remains the militant wing of Jamat-udDawa that carries out most of its operations in India or Indian occupied Kashmir, JuD on the other hand works as a state within a state.

A number of its members work in different capacities. Social work and philanthropic activities help the organization in building a strong bond with their target population.

In a country like Pakistan, where majority of population considers the civilian government as corrupt, organizations like JuD virtually act like a state and provide every service to the population and gain their support. Service delivery and philanthropic activities help JuD in spreading their interpretation of Islam.[4]

 

Financial Resources  

JuD is known to solicit support for their activities from their target population and like minded philanthropists. Collection and donation boxes with emblems of JuD could be seen placed on the counters of countless retail shops. JuD workers also gather animal hides on the occasion of Eid-ul Azha. Saudi Arabia has also known to provide support JuD due their ideological similarities.

 

Status  

Proscribed-2002:JuD was Proscribed in Pakistan in January, 2002.

 

Recruitment tools & demographics   JuD gathers support from madrassahs run by the organization,public schools and colleges.

Headquarters-Muridke, Punjab
The headquarters of JuD are located in Muridke, Punjab, Pakistan called Markaz-e Tayyiba. It also has one of the largest seminaries run by the organization. JuD also gathers support through their philanthropic activities. for instance, helping flood affectees and earthquake affectees etc.
 

Ideology  

LeT seeks to develop Islamic caliphate and has announced Jihad againstUS, Israel and India.

Areas of Operation   India and Indian occupied Kashmir

 

Linkages   JuD is allegedly linked to Al-Qaeda due to their ideological similarities. One of the Al-Qaeda operatives, Abu Zubayda was captured in 2002 from a LeT safehouse from Faisalabad, Pakistan.[5]
Tools  

Print Media

Newspapers , Books, magazines, booklets, pamphlets

    Audio / Video:
YouTube, Songs, speeches
Peoms

Social Media:
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fight-4r-Peace/207082269307260
https://www.facebook.com/judkhinzm 
https://www.facebook.com/darulandlus 
https://www.facebook.com/JamatUdDawahChowkSerwerShaheed
https://www.facebook.com/aljihadstart
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jamat-ud-dawah-kharian/137279453114435
https://www.facebook.com/amspak
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mohaddis-Magazine-%D9%85%D8%AD%D8%AF%D8%AB-%D9%85%DB%8C%DA%AF%D8%B2%DB%8C%D9%86/550218941655512
https://www.facebook.com/fifpakofficial

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JuD_Official 

 

web site   Websites (proscribed):

https://www.facebook.com/JamatudDawaOfficial?ref=ts&fref=ts
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpBr7fklsGo
https://www.facebook.com/TaqwaModelSchoolMirpurkhas 
https://www.facebook.com/TheJarrar 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Weekly-Jarrar/127800260751536?fref=ts 

Websites (working):
http://jamatdawa.net/
www.jamatdawa.org
http://jdpmps.weebly.com/index.html
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Taqwa-Model-School-Official/289934821043393 
http://taqwamodelschool.com/ 
http://www.sirat-e-mustaqim.net/rishtafrm.php 
http://minus.com/l8R5Bq6qXlZ3X 
http://www.makkahphotostat.webs.com/ 
http://www.ahlehadith.org/urdu/index.php 
http://www.thetruthmag.com/ 
http://momeen.blogspot.com/2012/05/mahnama-mohaddis-74-to-79-islamic.html
http://ams.org.pk/ 
http://www.fif.org.pk/?page_id=857
http://tehreekhurmat.org/ur/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=5&Itemid=4 
http://forum.mohaddis.com/forums/%D8%A8%DA%86%D9%88%DA%BA-%DA%A9%DB%8C-%D8%AA%D8%B1%D8%A8%DB%8C%D8%AA.577/
 

Name Variations   IFollowing are different name variations[6] that the group is referred to:
• Lashkar-e-Taiba
• Lashkar-e-Tayyiba
• Al Mansooreen
• Army of the Pure
• Army of the Righteous
• Jamaat ud-Dawa (JuD)
• Pasban-e-Ahle-Hadith
• Pasban-e-Kashmir
• Idara Khidmat-e-Khalq

 

   

 

Who they are

Lashkar e Taiba is a Pakistan based terrorist organization. Major operational areas are Pakistan, India, and Kashmir. They want to establish Islamic caliphate in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and has declared the U.S., Israel and India as existential enemies of Islam[7].

History

1990-Lashkar e Taiba was formed in 1990 as an armed wing of an extremist Islamic organization Markaz Al-Dawa wa al-Irshad (MDI) formally established in 1987 by Hafiz Muhammad Saeed.

2001-It was designated as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) by US in 2001 and banned in Pakistan in 2002. It receives funds from charitable activities of Jammat ud-Dawah (JuD) and Falah-e Insaniyat Foundation, Middle East, mainly Saudi Arabia, and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). LeT maintains links to the Afghan Taliban and several Pakistani Islamist extremist groups, including the Kashmir-focused terrorist group Jaish-e Mohammed (JeM) and the Sunni sectarian group Lashkar-e Jhangvi (LeJ). LeT is reported to have been involved with militant Islamists in other places where conflict involving Muslims have arisen, including Bosnia, Chechnya, Kosovo and Afghanistan. In 2004, several LeT operatives were captured by British forces in Iraq [8].

Organization's Message

LET is a Sunni extremist organization. They have anti western ideology that considers U.S., Israel and India as its primary enemies. LeT’s estimated strength is reported to include several hundred trained militants. The majority of LeT’s membership consists of jihadists from Pakistan and Afghanistan [9].

Target Audience

LeT’s target audience includes young boys and men. After analyzing the Facebook page attributed to Jamat ud-Dawa also considered as an alias for LeT, it was revealed that the most popular age group viewing and commenting on the page is between 18-24 years. Similarly, most of the members of this group were from the city of Lahore [10].

Tools

TDifferent tools are used by LeT to reach its target audience. Print, audio/video, advertisements, social/community services, Training camps, speech competitions, websites and social media are among the tools employed by LeT. They have school system “Taqwa Model School”. Al-Muhamdia Students is a student wing of JuD. They are running charity or service delivery under the umbrella of Falah-e-Insaniat foundation. They have publishers which prints stickers, key rings, literature etc on Jihad topics.
Print Media
Weekly Ghazwah, Ghazwah Karachi, Jihad Times, Monthly Majalla T’ud Dawa and Zarb-e Taiba were publications of LeT/JuD before its proscription in January, 2002. Magazines which are still available both online and offline are Vision Islam, Akhbar-e-Tuliba, My Vision, Roza-tul-Atfal, Mohadas, The Truth, Al-Hadith, and newspaper Jarrar.
Vision Islam



Vision Islam's Facebook page

to download complete detail of tools used by JuD please click here.

Download the game they developed here

Splinter Groups

Jamat ud-Dawa functions as the frontend organization for LeT. The United Nations (UN) Security Council listed JuD as an alias of LeT on December 10, 2008 [11].

References:

[1] Lashkar-e Tayyiba: Listing of Terrorism Organizations. What governments are doing: Australian National Security. Accessed online from:
http://www.nationalsecurity.gov.au/agd/WWW/nationalsecurity.nsf/Page/What_Governments_are_doing_Listing_of_Terrorism_Organisations_Lashkar-e-Tayyiba. Date of Access: December 24, 2012.

[2] Tafseer Sora Al-Toba: Sirat-e Mustaqeem. Accessed online from:
http://sirat-e-mustaqeem.com/tafseer-sora-al-toba_book-4419.html.
Date of Access: December 24, 2012.

[3] Our Introduction: aims and objectives. Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind. Accessed online from: http://www.ahlehadees.org/about-ahle-hadith-hadees/markazi-jamiat-ahle-hadees-hadith-history.html
Date of access: October 1, 2013.

[4] Ali, Farhana, Mohammad Shehzad. Inside the network: Lashkar-e Tayyiba remains committed to Jihad. Accessed online from:
http://www.ctc.usma.edu/posts/lashkar-i-tayyiba-remains-committed-to-jihad
Date of access: October 1, 2013.

[5] Lashkar-e Taiba served as gateway for western converts turning to Jihad. The Wall street journal. Thursday, December 4, 2008. Accessed online from:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122834970727777709.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
Date of access: October 1, 2013.

[6] Lashkar-e Taiba: Anti-Defamation League. Accessed online from:
http://www.adl.org/terrorism/symbols/lashkaretaiba.asp.
Date of access: December 26, 2012.

[7] Ibid.

[8] Lashkar-e Tayyiba: Listing of Terrorism Organizations. What governments are doing: Australian National Security. Accessed online from: http://www.nationalsecurity.gov.au/agd/WWW/nationalsecurity.nsf/Page/What_Governments_are_doing_Listing_of_Terrorism_Organisations_Lashkar-e-Tayyiba.
Date of Access: December 24, 2012.  

[9] Lashkar-e Tayyiba: Listing of Terrorism Organizations. What governments are doing: Australian National Security. Accessed online from: http://www.nationalsecurity.gov.au/agd/WWW/nationalsecurity.nsf/Page/What_Governments_are_doing_Listing_of_Terrorism_Organisations_Lashkar-e-Tayyiba. Date of Access: December 24, 2012.

[10] Lashkar-e Taiba:  https://www.facebook.com/JamatudDawaOfficial/likes

[11] Ibid.