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Profile of Sunni Tehreek

HYDERABAD, PAKISTAN, NOV 24: Sunni Tehreek (ST) leader, Sarwat Ejaz Qadri talks with Journalists during a ceremony held in Hyderabad on Thursday, November 24, 2011. (Aftab Ahmed/PPI Images).
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The Sunni Tehreek (ST) is a Sunni religio-organization of Pakistan. The party follows the Barelvi school of thought. The organization was formed in 1990 to prevent what the ST describes as ‘the capturing of the mosques and madrassas of the Barelvi school of thought’ by Deobandi and Ahl-e-Hadith groups.

The concept of re-taking the mosques and madrassas defined their main motto, which was  ‘Jawaniyan lutaaingai, masjidain bachayeingai [We will sacrifice our lives to protect our mosques]. It is part of the Sunni Ittehad Council, an alliance of Barelvi political parties. In 2009, the group’s leader, Muhammad Sarwat Ejaz Qadri, also formed the Pakistan Inquilab Tehreek as a political wing of the organization.  In 2012, the party was converted into a political party with the name of Pakistan Sunni Tehreek (PST)


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