MANSEHRA: The police raided the house of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl leader Mufti Kifayatullah in Tarangri Sabir Shah area here early on Saturday for his arrest over the recent diatribe against the Pakistan Army.
However, the JUI-F leader wasn’t there.
The police took his four family members, including two sons, away and detained them in the Baffa police station before booking them for harbouring a wanted man.
They included Mr Kifayatullah’s elder brother, Qazi Habibur Rehman, sons Shabbir Kifayat and Hassan Kifayat, and brother-in-law Qari Abdul Manan.
Sources said the police had booked the JUI-F leader under Article 6 of the Constitution, which dealt with matters of high treason, after receiving written orders from the home department.
Mr Qazi Habib told reporters at the police station that he and his relatives were kept in illegal confinement and the police didn’t inform them about their crime.
Meanwhile, a group of JUI-F leaders and workers gathered outside the Baffa police station to protest the raid on Mr Kifayatullah’s house and arrest of his family members.
They met deputy superintendent of police Raja Tahir and demanded the immediate release of the detainees.
Also, the JUI-F said in a news release that the police should book the prime minister for maligning the Pakistan Army in the past.
MAN KILLED: A gunman killed his brother over a minor dispute in Chamna area of Oghi tehsil on Saturday.
Sher Alam opened fire on Momin Khan after they had heated exchanges over their children’s fight.
The firing critically injured Momin Khan, who died on the way to the civil hospital.
The doctors handed over the body to the family after meeting medicolegal formalities.
The police registered an FIR and began raids to arrest the gunman, who fled after the murder.
Meanwhile, two people suffered injuries after two taxis collided head-on in Khatain Da Galla area here. The residents shifted the injured to the King Abdullah Teaching Hospital.
Published in Dawn, January 3rd, 2021