Controversial banners: Criminal case registered against ‘Move on Pakistan’

Banners urged COAS Gen Raheel Sharif to impose martial law and take control of the country

Arsalan Altaf July 15, 2016
Campaigners set up banners urging General Raheel to impose martial law and take control of the country. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Police on Thursday evening registered a case against those behind putting up the controversial banners calling for the army chief to impose martial law in the country.

The banners that sprung up overnight in major cities of the country a few days ago had pictures of COAS Gen Raheel Sharif and urged him to impose martial law and take control of the country.

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A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry said a case had been registered against those behind the banners, which were put up by ‘Move on Pakistan’ party.

“Cases have been registered under sections 124-A [Sedition], 120-B [Punishment of criminal conspiracy], and 505-II [Statements conducing to public mischief] of the Pakistan Penal Code,” read the statement released by the Interior Ministry. It said the police were conducting raids on the houses of the suspects.

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Police officials, who were earlier reluctant to confirm whether the case had been registered, also confirmed around midnight that a case had indeed been registered.

“A case has been registered against those who put up the banners,” said sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) for secretariat circle Muhammad Idrees Rathore. He said no one had been nominated in the FIR.

Ali Hashmi, chief organizer of the ‘Move on Pakistan’ party has been named in the FIR along with several other unnamed persons.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 15th, 2016.


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