A Muslim cleric in northwest Pakistan has been arrested beneath the powerful anti-terrorism act for threatening to kill Malala Yousafzai in a suicide assault and instigating folks in opposition to the Nobel Laureate for her latest feedback on marriage, police stated.
IMAGE: Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph: Frank Robichon /Pool through Reuters
Mufti Sardar Ali Haqqani, a cleric, was arrested in Lakki Marwat district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Wednesday, Dawn newspaper reported on Thursday, quoting Lakki Marwat District Police Office.
In an interview to Vogue journal in its newest version, 23-year-old Malala, an Oxford graduate and a Pakistani activist for ladies schooling who miraculously survived a bullet to the pinnacle from the militant Taliban in October 2012, revealed that she just isn’t certain if she is going to ever marry.
“I nonetheless do not perceive why folks have to get married. If you need to have an individual in your life, why do you could have to signal marriage papers, why cannot it simply be a partnership?” she informed the journal.
The cleric belongs to the Nowshera space of the province however was visiting Pizo in Lakki Marwat when nabbed by the police.
He had apparently escaped from there to keep away from arrest.
Haqqani was charged for beneath part of 16 Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) act and part 7 of Anti-Terrorism Act.
Station House Officer Wasim Sajjad Khan is the complainant within the case, the report stated.
Sajjad informed the media that Lakki Marwat police went into motion after it was tipped concerning the presence of the cleric within the district.
According to the primary data report, a video went viral on social media exhibiting Mufti Sardar instigating folks at a gathering in Wahid Ghari space of Peshawar to take the legislation into their very own arms and assault Malala.
He was armed when the incident came about, the report stated.
‘When Malala comes to Pakistan, I would be the first to try a suicide assault on her,’ in accordance to the FIR registered at Pizo police station in Lakki Marwat.
The video of the speech inciting violence went viral on social media with many individuals urging the federal government to take motion in opposition to him.
The criticism additional stated that the cleric’s speech had threatened peace and incited lawlessness, in accordance to the information report.
Malala’s remarks brought on a storm within the conservative Pakistan and her dwelling in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province the place girls are seldom seen in public with no Muslim veil or a male guardian.
Recently, her views on marriage additionally echoed within the provincial meeting with Opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) lawmaker Sahibzada Sanaullah demanding the federal government to probe whether or not she actually made these remarks on marriage remarks as life partnership was not allowed in any faith and if she favoured it, then the stand was condemnable.
The PPP and Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal, an alliance of religious-political events, additionally urged her household to make clear their place on the problem, the report stated.
In February, a Pakistani Taliban militant, who had allegedly shot Yousafzai, had threatened her, saying that subsequent time, ‘there could be no mistake’.
Haqqani made headlines final 12 months when he mocked COVID-19 customary working procedures (SoPs) in one other video which resulted in his arrest by Nowshera police. He was launched later.