Azam Tariq (religious leader)

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Azam Tariq
Chief, Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan
In office
Preceded byZia ur Rehman Farooqi
Succeeded byAli Sher Hyderi
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
In office
18 November 2002 – 6 October 2003
ConstituencyNA-115 (Jhang-II)
In office
16 October 1993 – 5 November 1996
ConstituencyNA-68 (Jhang-III)
In office
1991 – 18 July 1993
ConstituencyNA-68 (Jhang-III)
Personal details
Born(1962-07-10)10 July 1962
Chichawatni, West Pakistan, Pakistan
Died6 October 2003(2003-10-06) (aged 41)
Islamabad, Pakistan
Manner of deathAssassination
Political party Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan
ChildrenMoavia Azam Tariq
Alma materJamia Uloom-ul-Islamia

Azam Tariq (Urdu: اعظم طارق March 1962 – 6 October 2003) was the leader of the politico-religious organisation Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, a Deobandi organization, which was officially banned by the government of Pakistan in August 2001. On 26 June 2018, Pakistan lifted the ban.[1]

After his assassination in 2003. Muhammad Ahmed Ludhianvi was selected as the president of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan.

Early life and education[edit]

Tariq was born to a poor Rajput farmer, Mohammad Fateh, in Chichawatni. The family is originally from Nakodar, Jalandhar.[2]

He studied at a local madrassa and then enrolled in the Jamia Uloom-ul-Islamia in Banuri Town, Karachi.[2]


In August 2001, Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf banned seven alleged Islamic organizations, including Sipah-e-Sahaba, and Azam Tariq was arrested and jailed on charges of terrorism.[citation needed]

Azam Tariq was elected three times to the National Assembly of Pakistan in Jhang Sadr, even though his constituency was a predominantly Shi'a region. He contested again in the 2002 elections, while in custody, and was again elected. He was released in November 2002.[3]


Tariq was shot and killed in an attack on 6 October 2003 alongside Islamabad[4] as he left the M-2 Motorway to enter the city.[5] his funeral was led by Abdul Rashid Ghazi inside Lal Masjid.[6]

The assassination was part of a growing wave of violent incidents in Pakistan between the sectarian Sunni and the Shiah Muslims. Violence peaked in July 2003 with the Quetta mosque attack and the massacre of more than 50 people.[7]

On 11 May 2017, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested a proclaimed offender after 13 years who murdered him.[8]


Books by Tariq[edit]

  • Rūdād-i ʻishq o vafā, Jhang : Markazī Daftar-i Sipāh-i Ṣaḥābah, 1999-2004, around 1000 pages (in 2 volumes). Author's memoirs.
  • Ahammīyat-i ḥadīs̲ dar dīn, Kābul : Mayvand ; Peshawar : Kitābkhānah-ʼi Sabā, 2005, 298 p. Importance of Hadith for Islam, in Persian.
  • K̲h̲ut̤bāt-i jarnail, al-maʻrūf, K̲h̲ut̤bāt-i jel, Jhang : Markazī Daftar-i Sipāh-i Ṣaḥābah, 2001. Collection of speeches written in jail (1998-1999) collected by Abū Usāmah Z̤iyāurraḥmān Nāṣir.

Books about Tariq[edit]

  • Muḥammad Nadīm Qāsimī, Ḥayāt-i Aʻẓam T̤āriq, Faiṣalābād : Ishāʻatulmaʻārif, 1998, 413 p.
  • Muḥammad Nadīm Muʻāviyah, Pārlīmanṭ kā londa : S̲ānī-i jarnail-i Sipāh-yi Ṣaḥābah ... Ḥaz̤rat Maulānā Muḥammad Aʻẓam T̤āriq shahīd ke mufaṣṣal ḥālāt-i zindagī aur Pārlīmant kī taqārīr, Karāchī : Maktabah-yi K̲h̲ilāfat-i Rāshidah, 2005, 376 p.

See more[edit]


  1. ^ "Govt lifts ban on ASWJ, unfreezes assets of its chief Ahmed Ludhianvi". 27 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b "In Death, as in Life".
  3. ^ "Pakistan's Sunni-Shia Rift | MEO". Archived from the original on 15 December 2019.
  4. ^ "The Hammer Poised to Strike in Pakistan". 10 October 2003. Archived from the original on 27 November 2005. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Azam Tariq gunned down in Islamabad". 7 October 2003. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Azam Tariq's murder could have huge repercussions". 7 October 2003. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  7. ^ Imtiaz Gul (8 October 2003). "Cleric murder highlights sectarianism". Archived from the original on 24 April 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Former ASWJ leader Maulana Azam Tariq's suspected murderer arrested from Islamabad airport". The Express Tribune. 11 May 2017.

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