Govt Puts JUI-F Leadership, Seminaries In Islamabad Under Surveillance

Govt Puts JUI-F Leadership, Seminaries In Islamabad Under Surveillance

The government has put seminaries and leaders of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) in Islamabad under surveillance as part of its measures to deal with the Azadi march of the party.

The capital administration has directed the police to engage its Special Branch in the collection of information about the affiliation of the religious seminaries, teachers and students with the JUI-F. Police have also been directed to identify potential supporters.

In this regard, officials have been deployed around seminaries to watch those who visit the premises, with the teachers and senior students under surveillance.

Officers in their comments to media stated that there were 329 seminaries in the capital, and JUI-F was expected to get support from 207 of them.

Furthermore, Maulana Fazlur Rehman and his party's members are also being monitored.

Even rent-a-car service providers, hotels and catering services are under surveillance to gauge who is visiting them and who intends to acquire their services in the near future.

When the JUI-F marches on the capital, the Maintenance of Public Order or the Criminal Procedure Code may be used against those partaking in the protest.

The Criminal Procedure Code may also be used against service providers to prevent them from dealing with protesters.

The capital police have also started a major anti-riot exercise to test its riot control abilities. The Anti-Riot Unit currently has a strength of 451 officials.

Officers informed media that the protesters would not be allowed to enter the Red Zone and that according to the situation, the high security area would be sealed.

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