Saad Aziz’s Road to Radicalization

Omar R Quraishi
By Omar R Quraishi June 10, 2015 15:30

Saad Aziz’s Road to Radicalization

In fact, one report also suggests that she was targeted because she had “led a campaign to promote Valentine’s Day” and that this had become very controversial. In fact, this controversy happened in February 2013 and Ms Mahmud went off Twitter for sometime (deactivated her account @sabeen for some time) after she received death threats on social media.



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Lal Masjid cleric Maulvi Abdul Aziz


You could say someone like Saad Aziz, who studied at Beaconhouse, and then The Lyceum for his A levels, before going on to one of the country’s top business schools, IBA, for his bachelor’s degree had everything. He came from a financially well-off family and by all accounts had a comfortable living, working in a restaurant that his father had bought and owned. Hence, it cannot be said — at least in his case — that financial and/or economic deprivation was a factor in his radicalization.

Friends of Saad Aziz who were with him at IBA have said that his views began to change slowly, especially in his last two years at the Institute. They said that he seemed like a “normal” person who had friends from both genders and did things that most college students would do by way of extracurricular activities. This, they said, began to change and one sign, they said, was that he stopped talking to girls completely.  They said that he joined the Iqra Society — one of dozens of IBA’s student-run societies, with a member of faculty as the patron — and would hang out increasingly with some of its members. A visit to the website of the society showed that among various discussions, seminars and events related to religion and its worth in contemporary life, there was  a separate section “designed especially for young women” and titled “Scattered Pearls”.


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A screenshot of IBA’s Iqra Society page ‘Scattered Pearls’ section


The main page of the website showed that its Annual Islamic Conference had been held at the university’s Main Campus on April  5, 2015, at IBA’s Main Campus.



A screenshot of IBA’s Iqra Society’s main page

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A flyer for a workshop conducted at IBA’s Iqra Society



An event at IBA’s Iqra Society — taken from the Society’s website


Along with several of his former classmates at IBA, Saad began publishing an online magazine “Al Rashideen” (means The Rightly Guided in English) and it is still available at


A screenshot of the website of the online magazine taken out by Saad Aziz and his friends


The Twitter account of the magazine @AlRashideen (with 14 followers) — which hasn’t tweeted since February 25 — says “We are the Only Anti-Shia English Magazine in the World” and gave its geographical location as “Syria”. The third edition of the magazine is available at and has over 1,300 views . It has several articles that can be interpreted as sharply critical of Iran. There is one on the ]amia ul ulum ul Islamiyya Binori in Karachi — usually known as the Binoria Town Madrassha — and it showers praise on it and says that “no Islamic revolution can come without madaris”.



A screengrab of an article in the 3rd edition of the magazine that Saad Aziz and his friends took out online


Another article in the magazine was sharply critical of former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad. Another article was about a suicide attack on a Tablighi Markaz in Swat in January 2013 in which several people died and lamented that the media did not give it enough coverage. It also said that “only” a PTI activist condemned the incident and quoted her as saying that while the media gave a lot of coverage to Malala Yousafzai’s attack, it gave far less to this particular one. The same article also mentions the sect of several Pakistanis in important leadership positions — in the past. It also quoted former Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah when he argued that an ASWJ candidate for a provincial assembly seat in Jhang got over 50,000 votes and hence his candidacy couldn’t just be wished away or dismissed.

The third edition of the magazine that Saad Aziz and his friends took out — all written in reasonably good English — also reproduced a speech Maulana Haq Nawaz Jhangvi, who founded the Anjuman-e-Sipah Sahaba, and in whose memory the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi was formed. Several other articles contained content that would be deemed as being heavily critical of Shias.

The first edition of the magazine reproduced an English translation of an article by Jaish-e-Muhammad leader Maulana Masood Azhar on the value of Jihad titled “Jihad: A Cause of Mercy or Anarchy?”


A screengrab of an English translation of an article by Jaish-e-Muhammad’s Maulana Masood Azhar in the first edition of the online magazine that Saad Aziz and his friends took out




Omar R Quraishi
By Omar R Quraishi June 10, 2015 15:30
  • nailed it nicely

  • Sonia Mohsin

    Often we come across articles on media regarding terrorist activities in the west when a singled out individual when condemned is drawn down to its last detail even condemning the last restaurant he took meals in! N we think to ourselves… what idiots! Unfortunately I had to scroll all the way up at the end of the article to check again if the writer was really a Paki or another one of the paranoid western…. highly saddening to see our own brother be so irrational…. and the reason for this is just this one question…… WHAT POINT ARE U TRYING TO PROVE BY CONNECTING HIM WITH IQRA SOCIETY OR IBA? are u encouraging the so called “war on terror” maniacs to conquer over iba so as to stop these kind of people!! Are u crazy Mr Omar??? Do u wanna screw ure country further by further painting saads mess over his surroundings so as to increase the diameter of the blast crater the Americans would now target him with? U really want such highly prestigious and beneficial places like IBA and IQRA SOCIETY to shut down??? If not then please stop making this STUPID connection on media….. a person’s morality n serial killer tendencies has nothing to do with his degrees…. May Allah provide u the wisdom to be more responsible with the power he has blessed u with

  • My Gana

    He is a likely psychopath. Do a bran scan. What an intellectual decline after the great polymaths whose religious beliefs guided them to become great in knowledge not in mayhem.

  • Naveed

    Unbelievable! the cancer of radicalization and terrorism is eating even the bright more privileged youth. May Allah protect all Pakistanis, all sects from these venomous monsters who kill for no rhyme no reason.

  • fareedquraishi

    People must be aware and conscious what actually has happening around them and promptly report them to the appropriate people. If people remain ignorant then nothing could be straighten.

  • Khan

    Why cant they just arrest Lal Masjid’s cleric Maulvi Abdul Aziz. He is basically the root cause since long for all these kind of terrorist activities. I don’t know after all what kind of a religion is this imbecile pursuing.

  • Ahmed Ashiqali

    i had only 1 thing to ask Y Maulana nd Mufti them self don’t do jihad nd sacrifies there life Y They brain wash such a talented students nd converting them into terrorism by projecting Islam in a wrong way . Islam is a Religion on Peace nd Harmony

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