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TNSM Chief Maulana Sufi Mohammad Passes Away

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PESHAWAR: The founder of the Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-ShariaT-e-Mohammadi (TNSM) Maulana Sufi Mohammad passed away in the early hours of Thursday, his family said. The octogenarian cleric was 92 years old.

It is pertinent mentioning here that Mohammad was released from jail in January 2018. Peshawar High Court ordered his release after accepting his bail application in two different cases ─ one pertaining to hate speech against the government and the other related to an attack on a police station, reported Dawn.

Mohammad was suffering from deteriorating health during the trial and subsequent sentence. It was back in 2009 when Sufi Mohammad had developed differences with Mullah Fazlullah.

Mohammad accused Mullah Fazlulla, his son-in-law, of bringing a bad name to the TNSM, killing a number of its leaders, and inflicting loss on seminaries.

The TNSM chief had been imprisoned since his arrest when the final phase of a military operation against militants was launched in the Malakand region.

A number of cases were registered against Sufi Mohammad; however, in each case, witnesses against him had either died or could not be traced.

He was acquitted in cases of hatching conspiracy against the state, an attack against government installations, including police stations, in Swat over 18 years ago, incitement to violence against the then rulers, including retired general Pervez Musharraf.

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