MANSEHRA: The Peshawar High Court’s Abbottabad Circuit Bench on Thursday ordered the release of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl leader Mufti Kifayatullah, his two sons and a driver arrested under Section 3(1) of the Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance, 1960.

The orders were issued by a bench consisting of Justices Waqar and Fazl Subhan, which directed the detainees to produce surety bonds of Rs200,000 each to a local court hearing the case for release on bail.

The police had arrested 10 protesters, including Mr Kifayatullah, his two sons and a driver along with three traders, for protesting electrocution of a nanbai on Sept 5 during the administration’s crackdown on polythene bags.

Mr Kifayatullah’s counsel Fahad Habib Mir told reporters that the bail plea of another accused, Shahzad Haider, who was at large, was also accepted.

He said surety bonds for the accused would be submitted to the district and sessions court today (Friday).

Also in the day, the Khaki police arrested a man and his father for killing the former’s wife.

The arrest of Akhtar Zaman and Mohammad Nazir came on the complaint of the deceased’s brother after the police completed medico-legal formalities.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz parliamentary leader in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Sardar Mohammad Yusuf on Thursday said the federal government was committed to addressing drinking water and graveyard issues in Mansehra city and its suburbs.

“Our [PML-N-led federal] government will approve funds to supply drinking water to and develop a graveyard in Mansehra,” Mr Yusuf told a party meeting here.

The PML-N leader said approval had already been granted to the Mansehra Airport, Mansehra-Muzaffarabad Motorway and Mansehra- Balakot Expressway projects.

PML-N leader retired Captain Mohammad Safdar, who was also in attendance, said the federal government had prioritised the development of Hazara division, especially Mansehra district.

Published in Dawn, September 23rd, 2022

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