No one can ignore the impact of media on our society and terror organisations are no exception.
The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) or the Pakistani Taliban – an umbrella organisation of various militant groups disguised under the religious name based in the north-western Federally Administered Tribal Areas along the Pak-Afghan border – recently launched a magazine especially for women in order to encourage “sisters” to join the outfit.
After the first edition of ‘Sunnat E Khaula’ or ‘The Way of Khaula’ was launched on August 1, the outfit said in a statement that the move was aimed at encouraging women to take up jihad. TTP also said that the magazine, featuring a picture of a woman veiled from head to toe on its front cover, would persuade female followers of the Prophet Muhammad to sacrifice their lives for the betterment of Muslim population across the globe.
In the first edition of Sunnat E Khaula, the Pakistani Taliban published an article on a TTP leader’s wife. The lady, who didn’t mention her name, shared many events of her life, including her marriage with head of the terrorist group Fazlullah Khorasani at the age of 14, with readers. She told the interviewer: “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 lady said: “We want to provoke women of Islam to come forward and join the ranks of mujahideen-e (holy warriors of) Islam.” The TTP leader’s wife believes it is important to organise secret gatherings of like-minded jihadi sisters at home in order to achieve goals.
Meanwhile, a Pakistani female doctor has written an article in the English-language magazine in which she urges women to embrace Islam. In the article – titled ‘My journey from ignorance to guidance’, the lady doctor claims that she shun her western education for a bigger cause.
The terrorist group, which was active on Facebook and Twitter in the past, has informed readers through the magazine that it will distribute TTP-related literature among women, apart from “arranging physical training classes for sisters’” in the coming days. The ultraconservative and radical Islamic group also requested women to learn how to operate weapons.
The magazine is quite direct in its approach.
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