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PHC orders shifting cases of TNSM's Sufi Muhammad to Peshawar

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) has issued the orders of transferring the cases of Sufi Muhammad, chief of defunct Tehreek e Nifaz e Shariyat e Muhammadi (TNSM), from Swat to Peshawar – ARY News reports.

The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) had filed a petition, requesting the court to transfer the cases to Peshawar, in which it had taken the stance that escorting Sufi Muhammad to Swat for the hearing, can be dangerous, while his health is also not good to afford a long and tiresome journey.

At this, the PHC issued the orders of transferring the cases of Sufi Muhammad to Peshawar.

The Chief Justice of the PHC, Justice Mazhar Alam Khan conducted the proceedings of the hearing regarding the transfer of cases.

Sufi Muhammad bin Alhazrat Hassan, born in Dir, is the founder of TNSM, a Pakistani militant organization (declared a terrorist outfit and banned in 2002) vying for implementation of Sharia in Pakistan.

It operates mainly in the Dir, Swat, and Malakand districts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Sufi Muhammad was jailed for sending thousands of volunteers to Afghanistan to fight the U.S. intervention in 2001. However, he was freed in 2008 after he renounced violence.

He is the father-in-law of Maulana Fazlullah, who assumed the leadership of TNSM during Sufi's imprisonment and is currently heading the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

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