Counter-Terrorism Department arrests JUI-F leader over hate speech

Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) arrested Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) local leader Deobandi / Wahabi Mufti Kifayatullah over alleged hate speech in Faisalabad on on Wednesday.

According to details, Kifayatullah had allegedly uttered a hate-inciting speech at a mosque in Chiniot where he was invited on Wednesday night by a local leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

After detaining him, the CTD shifted him to an undisclosed location for questioning.

Sources inside the department have disclosed that Kifayatullah may be detained for 90 days.

The arrest came hours after the National Counter-Terrorism Authority (Nacta) announced a strict policy against ‘Takfir’ – an act of terming any Muslim as infidel – and contemplated criminalising it.

The report of arrest comes when the country is waging a war against terrorism with federal government and the military leadership expressing the resolve to implement National Action Plan (NAP) that also calls for an end to hate speech.

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