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Activist of banned outfit arrested in Islamabad

Activist of banned outfit arrested in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: An activist of a banned outfit was arrested on the charge of distributing literature against the government and for seeking enforcement of Sharia in the country.

The Bhara Kahu police said the accused, a university student and worker of a banned organisation, had already been booked by the Sabzi Mandi and Industrial Area police under the same charges.

Shaukat Ali, an official of the Bhara Kahu police, told Dawn that the suspect was distributing literature in front of Farooqia Masjid on Murree Road when he was arrested.

“The literature was against the government and it stressed that Sharia should be enforced in the country. As the accused belongs to a banned outfit, he was arrested,” he said.

In reply to a question, Mr Shaukat said the suspect was a university student. He belongs to a well-educated family and his father is a retired government servant, he added.

The suspect has been involved in the circulation of banned material for a long time. In the past, cases were also registered against him by the Sabzi Mandi and Industrial Area police, he said.

“We have obtained two days’ remand of the suspect. During the interrogation, he will be asked who was providing him the material for circulation,” the official added.

Published in Dawn, February 29th, 2016

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