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Mufti Munir Shakir (birthdate unknown) is a religious figure operating in northwestern Pakistan, and the founder of the militant group Lashkar-e-Islam.

Anti-Munir Shakir slogan in Rawalpindi

Shakir worked in Kurram Agency until 2004, when he was ejected by tribal elders following a mosque bombing.[1]

Radio ministry[edit]

Shakir's fame increased after he moved to Bara tehsil, Khyber Agency, where he established an FM pirate radio station. Using this vehicle, he began to promote his religious beliefs, based in Deobandi theology. Among his more controversial pronouncements was his alleged statement that opium is halal, provided it is produced and used for medical purposes[2][3]

Enmity with Pir Saifur Rahman[edit]

In 2005, Pir Saifur Rahman, a supporter of the more moderate hanafi barelvi school of Islam, established his own FM pirate radio station to compete with Shakir's station. Rivalry between the two clerics increased, causing tribal elders to denounce the two in December 2005 for fomenting sectarian tension. Both clerics then went into hiding, with Shakir handing control of his radio station and Lashkar-e-Islam organization to Mangal Bagh. The hostilities peaked around March 29, 2006, when "hundreds" of Shakir's followers gathered in the Badshahkili neighborhood of Bara tehsil to attack Rahman's followers.[4]

Role in Lashkar-e-Islam[edit]

In 2004, Shakir founded the organization Lashkar-e-Islam. Shortly thereafter, he was ejected from Bara tehsil, and turned over control of the organization to local driver Mangal Bagh.


  1. ^ Shamim Shahid Call for action against gun-totting supporters of Pro-Taleban cleric Khaleej Times, 1 Apr 2006
  2. ^ Ghafar Ali Khan Pro-Taliban Group HQ Destroyed Near Peshawar Newsvine.com 29 May 2007.
  3. ^ According to the Indian Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, Shakir's statements on opium were printed in the Indian Express of 22 January 2005
  4. ^ Sonya Fatah FM Mullahs Columbia Journalism Review August 2006

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Eurasia Review

Eurasia Review
Thu, 07 Jan 2016 22:45:00 -0800

Ansar ul-Islam, formed by the followers of an Afghan Sufi preacher, Pir Saifur Rehman in 2004 to counter the Lashkar-e-Islam formed by Mufti Munir Shakir, a hard-line Sunni cleric who opposes Sufism, is one of the most violent factions of Pakistani ...
Sat, 05 Jan 2013 20:27:16 -0800

It was the same mosque where Mufti Munir Shakir formed Lashkar-i-Islam in December 2004 after Sipah and Malikdinkhel tribesmen announced their full allegiance to him. However, the cleric was expelled from Bar Qambarkhel area after only six months ...
Thu, 28 May 2015 03:18:37 -0700

Founded in the year 2004 by Mufti Munir Shakir, this group has never shown any interest in Kashmir. The outfit was considered to be a strong force until 2008 when it had claimed to have 1,80,000 members in the Khyber Agency. The same year the outfit ...


Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:55:42 -0800

Bagh is said to be a successor of Mufti Munir Shakir, a Deobandi cleric who established a pirate radio ministry in Khyber Agency in 2004 after being ejected from Kurram Agency by tribal elders for inciting sectarian hostility. When Shakir was ejected ...

The Atlantic

The Atlantic
Wed, 30 Jan 2013 04:50:10 -0800

Ansar ul-Islam arrived on the scene when followers of an Afghan Sufi preacher, Pir Saifur Rehman, formed the militia in 2004 to counter the Lashkar-e-Islam (Army of Islam) formed by Mufti Munir Shakir, a hard-line Sunni cleric who opposes Sufism ...
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 12:53:34 -0800

Mufti Munir Shakir, founder of the militant group Lashkar-e-Islam in Khyber, set up an FM radio channel in 2005. His successor, Mangal Bagh, took control of an FM station in the Tirah valley of Khyber. Listenership for the illegal FM stations set up by ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Tue, 27 Mar 2012 22:20:14 -0700

Locals say the first sign of trouble started in 2004, when Mufti Munir Shakir, a cleric from Kurram Agency, came to settle in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency after being thrown out of his hometown for inciting sectarian hatred. His arrival in Khyber ...
Daily Times
Sat, 22 Jun 2013 13:48:45 -0700

It is said that Namdar had hired the services of a Deobandi Sunni cleric, Mufti Munir Shakir, to give sermons on radio. In a tit-for-tat, Pir Saifur Rehman, a Barelvi cleric, set up a rival FM station to counter the narrative of the Deobandi clerics ...

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