On Monday, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) described as "manufactured" a document that is widely shared on social networks that lists a set of instructions allegedly by the party to the participants of their next anti-government protest in Islamabad
The head of JUI-F, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, announced that she will undertake a long march against the government on October 27 that will culminate in the capital, where the party plans to hold a sit-in.
The alleged document, which was allegedly issued by the JUI-F information department, instructs participants on how they should prepare for the protest sit-in and sets guidelines for their conduct during the demonstration.
Among the 10 "instructions", the number six refers to the "sodomy" directives and states that the participants "will completely refrain from [engaging in] sodomy without the permission of his emir (leader). "He says that violators of this instruction would be expelled from sitting and their belongings will be confiscated.
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The central secretary general of JUI-F, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, strongly denied that the party had issued such instructions, accusing Pakistan ruler Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) of being behind him.
"The false instructions were made viral by PTI activists," he said while talking to DawnNewsTV.
He said the document was based on "lies" and that the JUI-F had nothing to do with it.
Haideri alleged that the PTI "has always carried out negative conspiracies against Maulana Fazlur Rehman and JUI".
He asked the party workers to continue preparing for the call Azaadi March.
Also on Monday, a notification which was allegedly issued by the office of the magistrate of the Islamabad district was making rounds on social networks. This notification, dated October 7, states that the police in the city of Islamabad received several complaints from citizens in which they expressed concern about "a possible massive wave of homosexuality in Islamabad after a political meeting scheduled for October 27 ". However, he did not name the JUI-F protest.
"It is hereby announced that city officials will enforce the law of Pakistan and the regulations established in Islam; and political party workers are advised to refrain from such sinful act during their meeting," reads the document, with the false signature of Islamabad. district magistrate Hamza S. Chaudhry.
The notification conveyed to government officials and the public that "homosexuality is strictly prohibited in Islam and, therefore, cannot be tolerated in any way, either in a political meeting or during private meetings."
However, Islamabad's deputy commissioner, Hamza Shafqaat, described it as a "false notification" in a tweet.
In a later cheep, Shafqaat said a first information report is being recorded against the issuance of the false notification. He asked the public not to propagate such notification.
He also shared a letter that he sent to the director of the cybercrime wing of the Federal Investigation Agency, requesting that "strict legal measures" be taken under the cybercrime law against people who distributed the notification.
According to Shafqaat, the name of his office was used in the false notification.