Mufti Kifayatullah, a religious leader belonging to the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F, was arrested hours before the opposition parties were set to launch an anti-government rally, officials and his party said on Sunday.
Mufti Kifayatullah was arrested from Islamabad for issuing inflammatory statements against the national institutions. Deputy Secretary Information JUI-F Aslam Ghouri confirmed the news and said Mufti Kifayatullah was taken into custody from Islamabad’s Sector E-11 Saturday night.
The JUI-F leader was arrested under 3-MPO by Mansehra police. He is the third leader to have been detained from the federal capital in the past few days ahead of Azadi March.
According to deputy commissioner Mansehra district Aurangzeb Haider Khan, Kifayatullah’s hometown, he was arrested for 30 days. “He has posed constant threats to law and order which may disturb the peaceful atmosphere of the district,” Aurangzeb said.
For the last several days, Kifayatullah made several appearances on TV channels criticising retired army officers for commenting on national politics on current affairs shows.
An order issued on Saturday by the deputy commissioner, saying Kifayatullah was found involved in “chanda [donation] collection, holding corner meetings and inciting the public for taking part in the Azadi March arranged by JUI-F”.
“The activities of Mufti Kifayatullah are posing grave threat to public safety which may create disturbance of public tranquillity, danger to human life, health and safety.