Rawalpindi/islamabad - israr ahmed & tahir niaz - Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jammat (ASWJ) has refused to become part of peace committees constituted by City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) and police to maintain law and order during Muharram-ul-Haram and said it become part of the committees if accused of Raja Bazaar seminary bloodshed and ASWJ workers’ killing were arrested.

The ASWJ demanded of the government to unveil the hands behind killing of students in Darul Aloom Taleem-ul-Quran (DATQ) and target killings of leaders and workers including DATQ deputy cleric Mufti Amman Ullah Khan.

A delegation of provincial government ministers called on DATQ chief cleric Maulana Ashraf Ali at Jamia Mosque Hanfia, Purana Qilla, here on Tuesday. The delegation comprised Punjab Minister for Labour and Manpower Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, Col (Retd) Shujah Khanzada, Bilal Yasin and former Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah.

The delegation condoled the sad demise of Mufti Amman Ullah and offered Fateh for the departed soul.

Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, while talking to the chief cleric, asked ASWJ leaders to rejoin peace committees to maintain law and order during Muharram-ul-Haram. However, the religious leadership refused to accept the request of the minister and said it would not become part of peace committees till the arrest of perpetrators of DATQ massacre and target killers of ASWJ leaders and workers. Maulana Ashraf said that the government had completely failed to control law and order situation in the province and provide protection to ASWJ workers.

Meanwhile, Islamabad police will ensure foolproof security measures on the occasion of Muharram-ul-Haram to avert any untoward incident.

SSP Islamabad Asmat Ullah Junejo while presiding over a meeting with the organisers of religious gatherings to be held during Muharram said that effective security arrangements would be taken. He added that routes and timings of the processions will be followed strictly. The organisers also gave suggestions to make security arrangements more effective which were agreed by the participants of the meeting.

The SSP said that a total of 177 processions and 909 gatherings would be held during Muharram and elaborate security measures would be ensured. He said that special vigilance would be ensured against suspects and checking of vehicles would be carried out.

Meanwhile, Islamabad police arrested seven suspects and recovered cache of weapons and hashish. According to details, Bhara Kahu police conducted a search operation in various areas and arrested seven suspects, besides recovering weapons and 10.526 kilograms hashish from them, a police spokesman said. Teams of Bhara Kahu police along with contingents of Pakistan Rangers, bomb disposal squad and police commandos conducted joint search operation in Athal and Mera Begwal areas. Police teams arrested seven suspects and recovered two Kalashnikovs, four 12-bore guns, 528 rounds and 10.526 kilograms hashish during this operation. Further investigation is under way.

IGP Tahir Alam Khan has directed all police officials to conduct search operation at under-construction buildings and plazas and slums in their respective jurisdictions.