Defunct SSP chief Maulana Ludhianvi detained by Islamabad police

Published: March 28, 2012

Chief of Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat (ASWJ), Ahmed Ludhianvi. PHOTO: IRFAN ALI/EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad City Police managed to detain Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi, chief of the banned outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), under section 144 of the Pakistan penal code on Tuesday.

Police officials said that a First information Report (FIR) had been registered against Ludhianvi in I-9 police station, however Police could not formally arrest him.

Maulana Ludhianvi is the chief of banned outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba, renamed to the Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat (ASWJ) entered Islamabad on Tuesday. Police first intercepted him on ninth avenue and tried to arrest him for an outstanding case registered against him at the Margalla Police station on February 5, under section 11-G of Anti Terrorism (Act).

However, Maulana Ludhianvi’s supporters and his security detail resisted police attempts to arrest him, and held them off for more than two hours. Meanwhile, Ludhianvi said that he will surrender before the police, if senior leaders of the Difa-e-Pakistan Council Pakistan (DPC) asked him to do so.

When DPC leaders requested him, Ludhianvi agreed to surrender himself before the police at the I-9 police station. However, as the ASWJ leader entered the station for negotiations, hundreds of his supporters gathered outside.

On February, 21 Islamabad administration banned him from participating in a DPC rally which was later held in Aabpara Market.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Amir Ali Ahmed confirmed that an FIR had been lodged against him on February 5, when he participated in a Conference in G-9, Karachi Company.

Reader Comments (5)

  • Umar
    Mar 28, 2012 - 7:55AM

    hundreds of fanatics could be found in any part of world.

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  • Realist's musings
    Mar 28, 2012 - 8:48AM

    This is a mockery of constitution. He is the reincarnation of Gandhi–the nonviolent.

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  • Dr Khan
    Mar 28, 2012 - 9:42AM

    Maulana and the recent DPC have not broken any laws, protests have been thoroughly peaceful, so far they have successfully thwarted off any negative criticism, which is more than you can ask from any political party or group. However there is a strong dislike for the religious sector which has taken the physical form of intimidation and arrests.

    Why cant the police and the so called concerned civil citizens use this intimidation and condemnation against known culprits like MQM and the ANP who are actively terrorizing millions of people and destroying property and vehicles? Why are liberals so quiet when it comes to such incidents? DPC and maulana have done nothing wrong or terrorized anyone.

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  • AhmedMaqsood
    Mar 28, 2012 - 1:34PM

    The man has an outstanding case against him, he is the chief of a banned organization and there was a chance to arrest him as he was walking around in public. I don’t understand how people can claim he hasn’t broken any laws and does not deserve to be arrested.

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  • adeel759
    Mar 28, 2012 - 6:25PM

    @Dr Khan. I agree with you on MQM and ANP terrorism going on in Karachi But at the same time, Maulana Sahib has outstanding warrant against him and is Head of Banned outfit. Otherwise, MQM has done more damage to this country . Every time they have political issue, they drag Karachi to halt, they take countless lives plus billions of monetary loss and it shatters the economic outlook of the city losing billions of potential capital investment.Recommend

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