His arrest coincided with the start of the Azadi March
The Peshawar High Court has ordered the release of Mufti Kifayatullah, a central leader of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl, on bail. The case was heard by a two-member bench based in Abbottabad comprising Justice Ijaz Anwar and Justice Shakeel. Kifayatullah was arrested by the Mansehra deputy commissioner on Sunday. His arrest coincided with the start of the party’s Azadi March. The Mansehra deputy commissioner issued a notice in which it said he had ordered the arrest of Kifayatullah under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance. According to the deputy commissioner, Kifayatullah was arrested because he was collecting chanda, holding corner meetings and inciting the public to take part in the Azadi March. The grounds for his arrest were: He was acting in a manner prejudicial to public order, safety and tranquility He posed a constant threat to the law and order, which may disturb the peaceful atmosphere of the district He was indulging in activities to defuse the writ of the government, thus posing a threat to public peace/law and order in the district, thus creating hatred in the masses. Follow SAMAA English on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.