Tehreek-e-Taliban launches women's magazine

By AFP
Published: August 9, 2017
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The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan on Tuesday released the first edition of a magazine for women, apparently aiming to convince its target readership to join the militant group and take up jihad.

The first edition of “Sunnat E Khaula” — which translates as ‘The Way of Khaula’, referring to an early female follower of the Prophet Muhammad — published by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) features a picture of a women veiled from head to toe on its front cover.

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Inside is an interview with the TTP’s leader’s wife, who is not named, in which she talks about being married to the head of the militant group, Fazlullah Khorasani, at the age of 14.

“I ask you why now everywhere there is hue and cry about underage marriages… We have to understand that mature boys and girls if left unmarried for too long can become a source of moral destruction of the society,” the militant leader’s wife tells the interviewer.

“We want to provoke women of Islam to come forward and join the ranks of mujahideen e (holy warriors of) Islam,” reads the opening editorial of the magazine, which includes an advice column for would-be lady jihadists.

“Organise secret gatherings at home and invite like-minded jihadi sisters,” the column suggests.

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“Distribute literature reflecting on the obligation of jihad, arrange physical training classes for sisters. Learn how to operate simple weapons. Learn the use of grenades.”

The English-language magazine also includes an article written by a Pakistani female doctor describing her decision to shun her western education and embrace Islam, titled “My journey from ignorance to guidance”.

At the height of the Taliban’s influence in Pakistan, the militant group regularly put out publications in Urdu and English, hoping to attract recruits to its ranks.

The militant group was also active on Facebook and Twitter, but most of its social media pages have now been closed.

Pakistan’s military launched an offensive against insurgent groups in the country’s northwest in late 2014 after the Taliban attacked a military-run school killing more than 150 people, mostly children.

Security has since improved, though the Taliban continues to sporadically launch attacks, including one last month on a market in Lahore that killed 26 people.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Syed
    Aug 9, 2017 - 11:51AM

    what are these blue bean bags doing?Recommend

  • Syed
    Aug 9, 2017 - 11:54AM

    blue bean bags. Recommend

  • Omer
    Aug 9, 2017 - 12:52PM

    Sickening.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Aug 9, 2017 - 1:35PM

    @Syed:
    they are working hard to try to make ends meet and support their innocent children by selling simple clothes on the street. Shame on you for making fun of the poor and needy like this. It is men like you that exacerbate the suffering of women. These women are victims of of the consequences of a filthy alien culture men in Pakistan follow: whether it is the Taliban murdering people left , right and centre and thinking that its ok or its the stupid panchayat system in a village that harms women. And along come sick individuals like you to mock the whole tragedy. Recommend

  • Faisal
    Aug 9, 2017 - 1:39PM

    Huh, the Taliban coming up with a women’s magazine. That’s like a killer coming up with a CPR manual! Stupid Taliban how about first stopping to kill innocent men, women and children in the name of Islam?? How about giving up your terrorist ways and funding you receive from India? Now that the Pak army is kicking you hard, you are trying to desperately still recruit. You will be WIPED out soon. Recommend

  • Sara
    Aug 29, 2017 - 4:10AM

    Faisal:

    They’re working hard to support their innocent children by learning to commit genocide with grenades. The suffering of women is exacerbated by the Taliban, not by the commenters here.

    It’s so lovely when a hospital is blown up by a woman who “can’t” show her face.

    You are too stupid for words.Recommend

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