|Map of Punjab, with Jhang District shown in green. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
After the 1979 Iranian Revolution
, Jhangvi began attacking Iran, accusing it of supporting Shias in Pakistan and wanting to export its revolution. He directed his attacks against Shia beliefs and rituals, as well as against Ayatollah Khomeini
, Iran's Supreme Leader
. Locally, he targeted the Shah Jewna family and the district administration.
Jhangvi also began addressing social problems, becoming extremely popular with people who did not otherwise support his ideology, including local Shias. He emerged as a credible alternative to the local feudal
Jhangvi founded Anjuman-i Sipah-i Sahabah in Jhang on 6 September 1985.
On 23 February 1990, Jhangvi was assassinated by suspected militants of shia group, .
Former Sipah-e-Sahaba members Riaz Basra
and Akram Lahori
formed their own organization in 1996, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
, which was named after Haq Nawaz Jhangvi.