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Cebu : Philippines | Mar 09, 2012 at 11:09 PM PST
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Skooter reporting 03/10/12

An order issued by the Pakistan government to ban the country’s largest Islamic extremist group, called Ahle Sunnah Wal Jamaat. In 2002 the group was first banned by then Pakistani leader Gen Pervez Musharraf. Orders of the ban was issued to significant security departments two weeks ago but no public announcement has yet been made.

The group was formerly known as the Sipah-e-Sahaba (SSP) meaning Soldiers of the Companions of the Prophet. Its activists are pro-al-Qaeda group and have been convicted of killing hundreds of Shia Muslims.

The ban was described by the leader of the group as preposterous. Other targets by the members of the group are minorities, security targets and embassies.

Recently the said group has been the vanguard of an alliance of extremist groups crying out for an end to the country's relationship with the US, the Defence of Pakistan Council (Difa) said.

The Islamist organization has been banned for what they term “concerns in terrorism,” according to a copy of the order acquired by the BBC.

Maulana Mohammad Ahmed Ludhianvi, the head of the Ahle Sunnah Wal Jamaat group said the group has intention to contest the order in court.

"It's taken us so long so rein in our activists - it will become very difficult to control their emotions if the ban is enforced," he said.

Source: BBC News

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