Interior ministry seeks ban on JUI-F ‘militant wing’ – Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The interior ministry suggested the abolition and prohibition of the "militant wing" of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F).

In a summary sent to the federal cabinet, the ministry said: “Several reports from sources shared by our intelligence agencies and provincial governments with the Ministry of Interior have revealed that the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Fazlur Rehman Group (JUI-F) has established a militant wing, a private militia / Razakar force called & # 39; Ansar-ul-Islam & # 39; to provide security for protesters for the Azadi march scheduled for October 27, 2019 and proposed to sit in Islamabad starting October 31, 2019. "

According to the summary, a copy of which is available with DawnAnsar-ul-Islam is able to function as a military organization, which constitutes a violation of article 256 of the Constitution.

The ministry said Ansar-ul-Islam was organized, trained and equipped and could be used to show physical strength in the promotion of Azadi March and the goals of the JUI-F.

The summary says that the uniformed force, which carries sticks and sticks with barbed wire wrapped under a political-religious party, apparently aims to challenge the government's mandate.

He said that the trials and past March carried out by said force during a workers' convention, held recently in Peshawar, promising loyalty to the top management of the JUI-F, has aroused fear among the general public and He sees it as a private armed militia. fight against the force to face the law enforcement agencies.

"It is feared that such a private militant force, according to reports, about 80,000 throughout Pakistan, may sabotage public peace and create disorder and anarchy throughout the country during the planned Azadi March and other JUI-F political activities."

The Interior Ministry has also expressed concern that the private militia may be equipped with other objects, such as weapons and ammunition.

Ansar-ul-Islam has posed a real, current and severe threat to the peace and tranquility of Islamabad and the four provinces, he added.

The summary has also given the reference of the National Action Plan that prohibits militant groups and armed gangs from operating in the country.

The interior ministry has referred to Article 146 (1) of the Constitution that allows the federal government to delegate any of its powers to the provinces, conditionally or unconditionally, with the consent of the provincial governments.

He has asked the federal cabinet to authorize him to seek the consent of the provinces in order to begin the process of abolition / prohibition of Ansar-ul-Islam.

Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Information, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, confirmed that the federal cabinet will address the issue at its next meeting.

"However, it is too early to say if the JUI-F could also face some action through the Electoral Commission," he said, adding that the government would react strongly if the JUI-F tried to intimidate the general public with a show of power.

In response to the question about the possibility of arresting Maulana Fazl or keeping him under house arrest, he said that keeping the law and order was the responsibility of the provinces and that the federal government would help them.

She reiterated that no one could force her entry into the federal capital and that the state's mandate would not be tolerated.

Posted on Dawn, October 20, 2019

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1511863/interior-ministry-seeks-ban-on-jui-f-militant-wing

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