Police arrest two JUI-F leaders in Islamabad ahead of Azadi March


–PTI files case against JUI-F members in Karachi for ‘extorting’ money for rallies


ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: Two leaders of the Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) were arrested from Islamabad on Monday and a case was lodged against them by the police.

According to reports, Maulana Shafiqur Rehman and Maulana Muhammad Arshad were arrested from Shams Colony along with banners for the JUI-F sit-in in their possession.

Police allege that the duo were urging people to participate in the Azadi March being organised by the JUI-F against the government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

Police officials said that a few people were spotted putting up banners for the JUI-F sit-in, but fled as soon as the police force started chasing them.

Police said the suspects had challenged the administration by putting up banners despite the fact that Section 144 had been imposed in the area.

Meanwhile, a case has been filed against JUI-F representatives over allegedly asking extortion from the people of Karachi for Azadi March.

According to police personnel, JUI-F’s local leaders Sabir Ashrafi, Hanif and Saleem have been named in the case lodged by PTI leader Kashif Nizami.

According to the FIR, the JUI-F members allegedly demanded Rs50,000 for the arrangements of sit-in in the federal capital Islamabad and also threatened the masses of severe consequences if they fail to pay the extortion money.