TAXILA: A local leader of the banned Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) was arrested by law enforcement officials during a raid in a mosque in the Mohallah Manzoorabad.

Police sources said law enforcement officials picked up Mufti Haider Ali Haideri from the mosque and shifted him to an undisclosed location.

The arrest is believed to be a development related to an earlier incident in which two men and a woman belonging to a banned sectarian outfit and a law enforcement official were killed in a clash in the Pind Ghakhara village.

The suspect was previously an office bearer in a banned sectarian organisation, and in addition to being a local ASWJ leader was also a founder of the socio-political Rah-i-Haq party.

The central president of the ASWJ, Aurangzeb Farooqi, was also arrested in Taxila in June last year.

Published in Dawn, May 7th, 2016