Pakistan

ASWJ chief, members booked for hate speech

ISLAMABAD: Ahlesunnat Wal Jammat (ASWJ) chief Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi and other members of his party were booked for hate speech and other criminal charges, ARY News reported on Monday.

According to details, the ASWJ chief and other members were booked for spreading religious hate, violating the Amplifier Act and interfering in government duty in a First Information Report registered at Islamabad’s Secretariat police station after a party protest in Islamabad on Sunday.

The protest held in Constitution Avenue in Islamabad was organised to voice concern over the killing of Mazhar Siddiqui, a spokesman for ASWJ.

More than 200 activists from ASWJ later staged a sit-in in Islamabad protesting Siddiqui’s death.

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 The police initially tried to stop the protesters from entering the Red Zone and baton charged them.  The protest was called off after a brief dialogue with Adviser to Prime Minister Irfan Siddiqui.

It is widely believed that the sectarian group Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan renamed itself as ASWJ after being banned in 2002.

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