Islamabad police registered a primary data report (FIR) towards a central chief of the proscribed Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) for inciting the attendees of a rally within the capital through the use of sectarian and anti-Shia remarks, it emerged on Saturday.
The remarks had been made through the Azmat-i-Sahaba march, which was organised by the Muttahida Sunni Council at Islamabad’s Categorical Chowk on Thursday. The march was attended by 1,900-2,000 contributors, in keeping with the FIR, which was registered on the grievance of Islamabad metropolis Justice of the Peace Ghulam Murtaza Chandio.
Based on the FIR registered at Kohsar police station, a duplicate of which is out there with Daybreak, ASWJ chief Masoodur Rehman Usmani has been booked beneath Part 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts meant to outrage spiritual emotions of any class by insulting its faith or spiritual beliefs) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
The FIR said that through the use of inappropriate language, Usmani had fanned sectarianism among the many public and had incited them.
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The registration of the FIR was first reported by Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Hamza Shafqaat, who in a tweet on Friday stated a speaker on the rally was booked for “inciting violence and sectarian hatred”.
Shafqaat stated a ban was additionally being imposed on the ASWJ chief for “speaking again in public in the territorial limits of Islamabad”.
The Islamabad DC had earlier instructed Daybreak that the group had been given a no-objection certificates (NOC) to stage the occasion in response to their request, together with directions to comply with normal working procedures (SOPs).
Police and administration officers had stated on the time that an settlement was made between town administration and the Muttahida Sunni Council beneath which contributors would comply with SOPs for marches and processions.