ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Police on Monday registered a case against at least 400 unidentified individuals, including Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) leader Maulana Abdul Majeed Hizravi, for attempting to disrupt Aurat March which was held in the federal capital on Sunday.
One person was injured after participants of the pro-woman march were attacked by individuals who shouted slogans and pelted stones at them.
— ZeeshanHaiderBBC (@ZesHPirzadA) March 8, 2020
The rally was being held in a designated area outside the National Press Club when the incident happened. Police had to intervene to control the situation before it escalated.
The suspects, which include 11 religious scholars as well, were booked for violating Section 144. The case was registered at the Kohsar police station, in the court of magistrate City Circle Ghulam Mustafa Chandio.
The first information report (FIR), registered by the state, also invoked Section 147 (Punishment for rioting), 149 (Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offense committed in prosecution of a common object), 186 (Obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 341 (Punishment for wrongful restraint), 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).
The report points out that leaders from various politico-religious parties and students from seminaries had illegally occupied the road across the National Press Club.
According to the FIR, the leaders incited violence against participants of Aurat March, after which some people pelted stones at the marchers. The miscreants also tried to enter the premises of the march by using force against security officials present there, it added.
Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Hamza Shafqaat, who had announced to book the attackers a day earlier, also shared a copy of the FIR on Twitter on Monday.
— Deputy Commissioner Islamabad (@dcislamabad) March 9, 2020
Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari had also vowed action against “those who attacked the peaceful protesters with stones, sticks”.
Local Administration is taking action against those who attacked the peaceful protestors with stones, sticks etc violating the law. Assured by @dcislamabad
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) March 8, 2020