Run for Your Life: Over 100 activists of banned outfits released in Punjab

Pakistan Today: 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.

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  1. Shameful act by the Punjab Government. Sadly Pakistani government and institutions are not learning any lessons for the past and current fragile law and order situation in the country. Rather than challenging extremism and fanaticism in the country they are showing soft corner for them. This is dangerous game and Pakistan and it’s innocent people and communities will face the consequences in the future.God help this country.

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