In an attempt to persuade women to join Jihad, the Pakistani Taliban launched its first women magazine on Tuesday. The magazine published by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) features a picture of a women veiled from head to toe on its front cover.
The publication, “Sunnat E Khaula” (meaning ‘The Way of Khaula’), referring to an early female follower of the Prophet Muhammad appeals to women to join the armed rebellion in support of Jihad.
In the magazine, the wife ( who has not been named) of Fazlullah Khorasani, the head of the terror group, talks about her marraige 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,” she tells the interviewer.
“We want to urge 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.
She also appealed women to “organise secret gatherings at home and invite like-minded jihadi sisters”.
“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 column says.
The edition is available in both Urdu and English texts. Taliban offer the prints in dual languages in hopes of having more recruits join their forces.
The english version 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”.
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan was active on social media sites also. However, they have closed down. The terror group gained worldwide notoriety after it took responsibility for a terror attack in 2014 on a military-run school killing more than 150 people, mostly children.In the aftermath, Pakistan’s military launched an offensive against insurgent groups in the country’s northwest.
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