PHC orders release of Mufti Kifayatullah

(Karachi) The Peshawar High Court (PHC) has granted bail to Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) leader Mufti Kifayatullah in a case related to issuing anti-state remarks, local media reported on Wednesday.

A two-judge bench comprising Justice Ibrahim Khan and Justice Shakil Ahmed ordered the authorities concerned to set Mufti Kifayatullah free.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police arrested Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) leader Mufti Kifayatullah under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO). A heavy contingent of police personnel conducted a raid at his house and took him into custody.

The JUI-F leader had been evading arrest for the past two months.

Similarly, in January the KP Police raided the residence of Mufti Kifayatullah to arrest the JUI-F leader for his anti-state remarks.

The police took four members of Kifayatullah’s family into custody after not finding him at the house. The police had booked Mufti Kifayatullah, a former provincial lawmaker of the JUI-F headed by Maulana Fazlur Rehman, under Section 6 of the Constitution on treason charges after receiving an official letter from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Home Department

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