By: Naimat Khan
KARACHI: Eight members of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) are among 554 persons who are enlisted in ‘forth schedule of anti terrorism act (ATA)-1997’ of Sindh province, it emerged here on Thursday.
JUI-F, a religio-political party, is coalition partner in the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s federal government. The faction of Maulana Mufti Mahmud’s Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) is led by his son Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who despite having just five senators in a house of 104 got his man Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri elected as Deputy Chairman Senate, the upper house of the Pakistan legislature.
JUI-F has two portfolios in federal cabinet whereas the party chief, who heads the Kashmir Committee, is also enjoying the status of a federal minister. The party also holds top slot in the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), the permanent recommendatory body on Shariah matters.
Highly credible sources told that the Sindh has placed 554 individuals, suspects and members of 22 organizations, mostly proscribed, who are monitored by the agencies whereas their movements, accounts and communications are also scrutinized.
According to the Sindh Police’s report, eight of them have association with JUI-F, thus astonishingly making it the only political party having representation in the watch list. The person likely posing threat to public peace and security is placed under the watch list, fourth schedule of Anti Terrorism Act (ATA) 1997.
It is the government prerogative to place any person under Fourth Schedule who has been associated with any militant or sectarian organization in the past or has been involved in criminal activities in the past but assures through affidavit that he would no more be associated with any banned militant or sectarian organization or engage in any criminal activity.
According to a report, which was prepared by IGP Sindh for presentation in the Karachi law and order meeting, 216 members of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), which is now working under the nomenclature of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) are enlisted in for the schedule.
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, another banned sectarian outfit, is second and has 51 members in the list. As many as 42 members each of the Shia sectarian proscribed organizations, namely Tehreek-Jafria Pakistan and Sipah-e-Mohammad Pakistan are placed on the schedule for agencies’ watch. Outlaw Jihadist organizations, Jesh-e-Mohammad and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistani, have 27 and 36 men in the list, respectively.
The reports stated that 20 people, who have either returned from Afghan Jihad or released from local and foreign detentions are also in the list. Eighteen suspicious persons belonging to Shia sect and 14 other suspicious persons with no evident affiliation are among those enlisted under the forth schedule of ATA-1997 of Sindh Government.
Members of Jindullah, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen Al-Almi, Hizb-ut-Tehreer, Lashkar-e-Islam, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), Alhle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), Pakistan Sunni Tehreek, MQM-H, Harkatul Mujahideen, Harkat-ul-Jihad, Khudam-ul-Islam, Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT), Milt-e-Islamia, Imamia Student Organization (ISO) and Jey Sindh Motaheda Mohaaz (JSMM) and 5 other suspicious persons belonging to Devband sect are enlisted by the Sindh Government in forth Schedule.
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