Court seeks govt’s reply over Masroor Jhangvi’s name on terror suspects list

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MPA tells IHC that his affili­ation with “reputation­d celebration” JUI-F exhibits that he’s not involv­ed in any terror­ist activi­ty

Masroor Nawaz Jhangvi. PHOTO: File

Masroor Nawaz Jhangvi. PHOTO: File

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Excessive Court docket issued notices to the inside ministry and the Punjab dwelling division on Monday on a petition filed by MPA Masroor Nawaz Jhangvi, who’s in search of the removing of his identify from the federal government’s terror suspects record.

Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani directed the inside ministry and residential division secretaries to submit their response within the case.

Masroor, son of banned outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba’s slain chief Maulana Haq Nawaz Jhangvi,  by his counsel Tariq Asad has challenged the orders inserting his identify on the Fourth Schedule record of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), 1997 in 2014.

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Tariq Asad, who can also be the president of the Shuhada Basis, a physique affiliated with Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz, submitted that the inside ministry had blocked Masroor’s id card.

Subsequently, he added, the MPA was “unable to open and function his checking account and draw his wage”.

Regardless of being an elected consultant and a legislator of the provincial meeting, the counsel identified, Masroor couldn’t enter into an settlement or perform a transaction of any variety as a result of he was on the Fourth Schedule.

Masroor, who joined the the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) after being elected within the Jhang-II (PP-78) by-election in 2016, was positioned on the phobia suspects record by an order issued on Could 9, 2014.

Jhangvi’s election to the provincial meeting brought about a stir within the nation as a result of fears his political ascent would enhance sectarian divides within the dusty city of Jhang with a historical past of violence between Shia and Sunni communities.

Jhangvi’s assassinated father, Haq Nawaz Jhangvi, was a fierce anti-Shia cleric who based a feared Sunni sectarian group, Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan. He was killed by suspected Shia militants in 1990.

The banned militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which has carried out a few of the worst sectarian assaults within the nation’s historical past, was named after his father. The group’s Urdu-language identify means Military of Jhangvi.

Masroor, in his petition, knowledgeable the court docket that his affiliation with a “reputed celebration”, the JUI-F, confirmed that he was not concerned in any terrorist exercise and thus not liable to be listed within the Fourth Schedule”.

His counsel acknowledged within the petition that Masroor had neither been convicted underneath any felony offence by a court docket, nor was he concerned or nominated in any case.

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Asad additional submitted that the election fee had declared Masroor eligible for the election, thereby certifying that he possessed all of the qualities described within the clauses of Article 62 of the Structure.

“The grounds to be listed in Fourth Schedule could not apply to him,” Asad mentioned, including interval of three years has handed since his identify was within the record regardless of submission of safety bond as envisaged within the part 11EE (Proscription of individual) of the ATA.

Underneath 11EE of the ATA, the federal authorities could, by order printed within the official gazette, record an individual as a proscribed individual within the Fourth Schedule on an ex-parte foundation, if there are affordable grounds to imagine that such individual is worried in terrorism an activist, workplace bearer or an affiliate of an organisation saved underneath commentary or any group concerned in terrorism or sectarianism actions. The court docket would now take up the case on November 6.

 

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