KP seeks other provinces help to arrest Mufti Kifayatullah

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Tariq Saeed

Peshawar

The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has sought help from the other provinces in netting Mufti Kifayatullah, a senior leader of the Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F). The party is already confronting a serious leadership issue as a splinter group consisting of senior most leaders, who have revolted against party Chief Maulana Fazal ur Rehman has already surfaced. Mufti Kifayat is facing charges of maligning the state institutions through controversial remarks. The Police chief Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has written a letter to the IGs of other provinces for the arrest of Mufti Kifayatullah.
Inspector General Police KPK, Sanaullah Abbasi in a letter to police chiefs of other provinces, has said that a FIR has been registered in KP against Mufti Kifayatullah, seeking his arrest and handing him over to KPK Police as per the requirement of the law. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has already lodged a first information report (FIR) against Mufti Kifayatullah for making defamatory remarks against state institutions.
Some reports suggest that Mufti Kifayatullah has taken shelter at Madrassah Ishaatul Quran in Larkana to avoid detention. Unconfirmed reports say that JUI-F Sindh Chapter Secretary General Rashid Mahmood Soomro has facilitated him in Larkana.
After the federal government had decided to take action against Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) leader Mufti Kifayatullah over his remarks against a state institution, the Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad, It may be recalled, had a week back
warned legal action over anti-state remarks of the politicians and said that the first case in this regard will be registered against Mufti Kifayatullah in Lahore.
In fact the ideological senior party leaders like Hafiz Hussein Ahmad Maulana Sherani, Maulana Gul Naseeb and Shuja ul Mulk etc. had revolted against what they termed the dictatorial policies of Party chief and later farmed their own faction of JUI.