Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA)

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA)
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee's website: 
6 July 2017
Date(s) on which the narrative summary was updated: 
6 July 2017
Reason for listing: 

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) was listed on 6 July 2017 pursuant to paragraphs 3 and 5 of resolution 2253 (2015) as being associated with ISIL or Al-Qaida for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf of, or in support of”, “otherwise supporting acts or activities of ” and “either owned or controlled, directly or indirectly by, or otherwise supporting” Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (QDe.132) and Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, listed as Al-Qaida in Iraq (QDe.115).

Additional information: 

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) is a splinter terrorist group of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) (QDe.132) based in Lalpura, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. JuA was formed in August 2014 after a merger of TTP’s faction in Mohmand Agency and Ahrar-ul-Hind.


Most of JuA commanders and operatives hail from Mohmand Agency of the Federally Administrated Tribal Area, Pakistan. Dispersed after Pakistan’s military operation Zarb-e- Azb. Remnants continue to launch terrorist attacks inside Pakistan.


JuA is involved in deadly terrorist attacks inside Pakistan, including:


  • On 2 November 2014, suicide bombing attack at Wahga, Pakistan’s Customs Post with India, killing 60 and injuring 100;
  • On 7 November 2014, twin bombing in Mohmand Agency, killing 6;


  • On 15 March 2015, attack on Youhanabad Church in Lahore, killing 15;
  • On 27 March 2015, Easter Sunday attack on a children’s park in Lahore, killing 72 and injuring 320;
  • On 1 March 2016, attack with improvised explosives devices (IED) on a vehicle carrying a United States Drug Enforcement Administration team in Sangar, Mohmand Agency, killing 2 employees of the United States Consulate in Peshawar;
  • On 15 March 2016, bombing attack on Shabqadar (Charsadda) District Court, killing 14 and injuring 52;
  • On 2 September 2016, bombing attack in Warsak Colony, Peshawar, killing 5;
  • On 13 February 2017, attack in Lahore, killing 13 and injuring more than 50.


JuA has claimed responsibility for many terrorist attacks, including the attack in Lahore on 13 February 2017.


In its public statements, JuA has also supported the goals of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, listed as Al-Qaida in Iraq (QDe.115).