ATC indicts Sufi Mohammad in sedition case

Published February 7, 2015
Pakistan's hardline cleric Sufi Muhammad, in center, arrives to address his supporters in Mingora, Swat on Sunday, April 19, 2009. — AP/File
Pakistan's hardline cleric Sufi Muhammad, in center, arrives to address his supporters in Mingora, Swat on Sunday, April 19, 2009. — AP/File

PESHAWAR: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Peshawar on Saturday indicted chief of the banned Tehreek Nifaz-i-Shariah Mohammadi (TNSM) Maulana Sufi Mohammad for sedition over a speech at Grassy Ground Swat in Feb 2009 when the government had made a deal with him for restoration of peace in Malakand region.

The hearing of the case was held in Peshawar's Central Jail.

During the hearing, the court charged the TNSM chief for treason over his speech against democracy and state at Grassy Ground in Swat where he had termed democracy and the then-government as un-Islamic and unconstitutional.

Sufi Mohammad is the father-in-law of outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah.

Last year in November, an ATC in Peshawar had acquitted Sufi Mohammad and around 30 of his associates in two terrorism cases.

However, he continued to be behind bars for facing two more cases — one of which is the sedition case in which he was indicted today.

Take a look: TNSM's Maulana Sufi Mohammad cleared of more terrorism charges

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