On Wednesday, Afghanistan-based anti-Pakistan Jihadi group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), which is a part of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, released a new audio tape of its emir Omar Khalid Khurasani, commenting on the case of Aasia Bibi.
In the audio tape, Khurasani condemns Pakistani Supreme Court’s decision overturning the death penalty for Aasia Bibi and calls on Pakistanis to rise up against the state, which he called ‘un-Islamic’. The audio tape was released by JuA’s official Saut ul Ahrar media.
While talking to ITCT Newsdesk, Deputy Director and Head of South Asia desk at ITCT, Faran Jeffery said, “Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has been defunct for quite some time. It has not carried out a single attack in Pakistan in last several months. So this audio tape coming from JuA is likely its attempt to revive itself or at least stay relevant. JuA, like all other Islamist and Jihadi groups, sees blasphemy law controversy in Pakistan as the perfect opportunity to attract recruits and sympathizers.
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