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‘Our Hands Were Tied’: Sindh Govt Admits Failure To Provide Security To Slain Cleric

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Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani had said that the provincial government could not provide security to the slain cleric Maulana Dr Adil Khan because it was unable to do so due to a Supreme Court order by former chief justice Mian Saqib Nisar. He added that the matter pertaining to his security came under discussion many times, but the government’s hands were tied after the SC verdict.

Maulana Dr Adil served as the head of Jamia Farooqia, a famous Karachi seminary. He was gunned down along with his driver in Karachi last week. The police have not made any arrests so far.
Talking to reporters at a press conference, Saeed Ghani further said that Maulana Adil’s son had talked about his security during a meeting with provincial ministers. The issue was discussed once again following a meeting at CM house, the minister claimed.

Ghani further said that upon checking with the relevant quarters after his murder, he found out that only two policemen were deployed at the seminary in Karachi. He said that the 2018 order by the SC was a hurdle in providing the deceased with adequate security.

In 2018, the SC had asked the authorities to withdraw security from unauthorised persons. Provinces were asked to chalk out a plan to give security to the individuals entitled to it. The mechanism devised by the provinces as per the order included the formation of threats assessment committees that were mandated to assess the level of threats and provide security to those who need it.

Saeed Ghani said that the formation of these committees was a hurdle for the provincial government as it did not enjot the power to order security for an individual on its own.

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