Police have booked religious leaders and thousands of protesters who had led protest rallies against the hanging of former Punjab governor’ Salman Taseer’s killer Mumtaz Qadri for allegedly promoting enmity between different groups, rioting and misuse of the loudspeaker.
According to the Soldier Bazaar police SHO Irshad Soomro,, Mufti Ghulam Ghaus, Mufti Abid, Muzaffar Husain Shah, Bashir Qadri and about 7,000 others have been booked for blocking M.A. Jinnah Road, misusing the loudspeaker and using abusive language against state institutions during their protest. The FIR has been lodged on behalf of the state against leaders of the protesters, police added.
Police have registered cases against them under Sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups, etc), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) and 341 (wrongful restraint) of the Pakistan Penal Code and Loudspeakers Act.