The interior ministry has on Saturday (Oct 19) decided to take action against Ansarul Islam, a subsidiary group of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), and has taken permission from the federal cabinet in this regard.
It has been learnt that Ansarul Islam will be banned under Article 256 and Section 2 of the Private Military Organizations Act, 1974. The federal government has given permission to the interior ministry to hold consultations with the provincial governments. Furthermore, the provinces will be allowed to take action against the group.
The summary prepared by the interior ministry said intelligence agencies reported that JUI-F has formed an armed group which held a march in Peshawar holding sticks wrapped in barbed wires and apparently wants to challenge the government’s writ.
The summary informed that the group comprises over 80,000 persons which may possess weapons as well. It feared that the law and order situation will be affected during the JUI-F’s Azadi March. The National Action Plan does not allow any armed group to function and the federal government holds authority to abolish such groups under the Private Military Organizations Act, 1974, the summary maintained.
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17 November, 2019