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Source: The News, 22 May 2013

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ISLAMABAD: Over a hundred activists of banned sectarian organizations Lashkar-e-Jhangvi aka Sipah Sahaba Pakistan, who were arrested by the former PML-N government as a part of crackdown against these outfits after deadly bombing in Quetta that killed over 180 members of Shia Hazara community in first two months of this year, have been released.

According to reliable sources the Punjab government has released 112 activists of banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) during past few weeks. LeJ-SSP terrorist group is currently operating as Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat Deobandi (ASWJ). These militants had been arrested by former Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif led government from across the province after the deadly incidents in Quetta, targeting Shia Muslim community.

The operation had been launched after strong calls for crackdown against Punjab based militants from federal government and civil society. The incumbent Chief Minister Najam Sethi was also a very strong proponent of the crackdown.

The former Punjab government had arrested 152 religious activists linked with the banned outfits under section three of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) after joint raids by intelligence agencies in different districts of the province including Bahawalpur, Chiniot, Multan, Rahimyar Khan, Rajanpur, Bahawalnagar and DG Khan.

However, according to sources, out of 152 suspects, only 40 still remain under detention. Sources said 56 detainees were freed by the current government on the orders of courts while 43 had been released by home department after internal hearings.

District Coordination Officers (DCOs) released 2 suspects while 11 had been released on the expiry of their confinement date. While contacted a spokesman of the Punjab government led by caretaker Chief Minister Najam Sethi confirmed the release of detainees adding that there was no ill intentions involved in the release of these suspects.

“Under MPO, maximum period of detention is 90 days so we could not keep them detained legally after the expiry of this period,” Amjad Hussain, spokesman of the Punjab government said. He said some of the detainees had been released on the orders of courts while rest completed their detention period. In recent past, Najam Sethi has been seen promoting and humanizing Sipah Sahaba ASWJ leaders through his TV talk-show (Apas ki Baat) and weekly magazine (The Friday Times).

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    صدائے مظلومین نیٹ ورک: پنجاب میں کالعدم تنظیم سپاہ صحابہ لشکر جھنگوی کے 100 سے زائد دہشت گردوں کو موجودہ نگران حکومت اور بعض کو عدالتی حکم پر جیل سے رہا کردیا گیاہے۔تفصیلات کے مطابق پاکستان میں جاری دہشت گردی خصوصا شیعہ نسل کشی میں ملوث کالعدم سپاہ صحابہ اور لشکر جھنگوی کے وہ افراد جو مختلف مقدمات اور پاکستانی ایجنسیوں کی رپورٹس کے مطابق مقدمات درج کر کے گرفتار کیے گئے تھے۔ان کو موجودہ نگران حکومت نےدہشت گرد جماعتو ں سے سازباز کر کے اور طالبان سے وفاداری کا ثبوت دیتے ہوئے رہا کرا دیا ہے۔جبکہ 43 دہشت گرد پاکستانی عدلیہ کے حکم پر جیلوں سے رہا کر دوبارہ دہشت گردی کا بازار گرم کرنے کے لئے رہا کر دئے گئے ہیں۔
    رہا ہونے والوں میں سے زیادہ تر کا تعلق چنیوٹ ،جھنگ ،ملتان،بہاولنگر،بہاولپور،راجن پور،ڈی جی خان اوررحیم یار خان سے ہے۔
    مزید براں پاکستانی روزنامہ جنگ کی رپورٹ کے مطابق
    پنجاب میں کالعدم فرقہ وارانہ تنظیم کے 100 سے زائد ارکان کو رہا کر دیا گیا ہے جنہیں سابقہ مسلم لیگ ن کی حکومت کی جانب سے سانحہ کوئٹہ کے کریک ڈاؤن کے دوران گرفتار کیا گیا تھا۔مذکورہ کریک ڈاؤن آپریشن انٹیلی جنس ایجنسیوں کی مدد سے پنجاب کے مختلف علاقوں میں کیا گیا تھا۔ جن میں چنیوٹ ،جھنگ ،ملتان،بہاولنگر،بہاولپور،راجن پور،ڈی جی خان اوررحیم یار خان شامل ہیں ۔

  • ISLAMABAD: Over a hundred activists of banned sectarian organizations, who were arrested by the former PML-N government as a part of crackdown against these outfits after deadly bombing in Quetta that killed over 180 members of Hazara community in first two months of this year, have been released.

    According to reliable sources the Punjab government has released 112 activists of banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) during past few weeks. These activists had been arrested by former Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif led government from across the province after the deadly incidents in Quetta, targeting minority Hazara community.

    The operation had been launched after strong calls for crackdown against Punjab based militants from federal government and civil society. The incumbent Chief Minister Najam Sethi was also a very strong proponent of the crackdown.

    The former Punjab government had arrested 152 religious activists linked with the banned outfits under section three of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) after joint raids by intelligence agencies in different districts of the province including Bahawalpur, Chiniot, Multan, Rahimyar Khan, Rajanpur, Bahawalnagar and DG Khan.

    However, according to sources, out of 152 suspects, only 40 still remain under detention. Sources said 56 detainees were freed by the current government on the orders of courts while 43 had been released by home department after internal hearings.

    District Coordination Officers (DCOs) released 2 suspects while 11 had been released on the expiry of their confinement date.While contacted a spokesman of the Punjab government confirmed the release of detainees adding that there was no ill intentions involved in the release of these suspects.

    “Under MPO, maximum period of detention is 90 days so we could not keep them detained legally after the expiry of this period,” Amjad Hussain, spokesman of the Punjab government said.He said some of the detainees had been released on the orders of courts while rest completed their detention period.
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