Govt bans JUI-F offshoot Ansarul Islam

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Shamshad Mangat

ISLAMABAD

The government of Pakistan has decided to ban Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam – Fazl (JUI-F) malitia force Ansar-ul-Islam.

In this regard, Ministry of Interior has taken the approval from Federal Cabinet, as per article 256 and 1947 section 2, Ansar-ul-Islam banned.

It has been mentioned by Ministry of Interiror in the summary sent to Federal Cabinet that various reports shared by intelligence agencies revealed that Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam – Fazl has established a militant wing, the uniformed private militia force named as “Ansar-ul-Islam” to provide security to marchers for their Azadi March.

It is pertinent to mention here 3000 volunteers of Ansarul Islam are registered with election commission.

The uniformed force, carryigng batons and sticks with wrapped barbed wires under a politico-religious party, apparaently aims at challenging the writ of the government.

The rehersals and march-pasts carried out by the said force during the workers conventions, recently held in Peshawar, pledging allegiance to the top leadership of JUI-F, has stirred fear among the general public and is being seen as a private armed militia combating force to confront the Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs).

It further reads that it is feared that the said private militant force, reportedly around 80,000 all over Pakistan, may sabotage public peace and create disorder and anarchy across the country during the planned Azadi March and other political activities of JUI-F.

Few days before Ansarul Islam presented guard of honour to JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman.