Islamabad -  The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration has banned entry of at least 16 religious scholars of different sects in the limits of the capital for a period of two months ahead of Ashura.

District Magistrate Islamabad issued an order to this effect on Monday.

Those banned include 7 from Deouband sect, 4 from Brelvi sect and 5 from Shia sect. Deouband Ulema include Hafiz Muhammad Siddique, Wah Cantt, Taxila, Rawalpindi; Allama Tahir Ashrafi, Saddar Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat, Punjab, Lahore; Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Ghumman, Sargodha; Maulana Muhammad Muaviah Azam, Vice President Ahl-e-Sunnat-wal-Jamaat, Punjab; Maulana Abdul Khaliq Rehmani, Kabeerwala, Khanewal, Punjab; Dr Khadim Hussain Dhaloo, General Secretary ASWJ Jahanian, Khanewal, Punjab; and Maulana Aurangzeb Farooqi, central leader of ASWJ Karachi. Brelvi Maslak ulema include Maulana Muhammad Yousaf Rizvi alias Tokey Wali Sarkar, Sargodha; Pir Irfan al-Mashahdi, Lahore; Maulana Khadim Hussain Rizvi, Lahore; and Dr Asif Ashraf Jalali, Lahore. Shia Ulema include Allama Ghazanfar Taunsavi, Bahawalpur; Allama Jaafer Jatoi, Lahore; Zakir Syed Maqbool Hussain, Chakwal; Hafiz Tassadaq Hussain, Lahore; and Maulana Muhammad Iqbal, Chichawatni, Sahiwal.

The order said the entry of the Ulema in ICT limits has been banned in exercise of the powers conferred upon the district magistrate under clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 5 of the West Pakistan Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance, 1960. The Ulema shall not enter, reside or remain in the revenue limits of district Islamabad for a period of two months from the date of issuance of this order.

The order said that according to the reports from AIG police, ICT, the Ulema are in habit of making inflammatory/objectionable and fiery speeches on sectarian issues. “Their speeches may create ill-will and hatred among various sects and are likely to ignite tension already existing among various religious sects, which may result in loss of public life and property and create law and order situation in the district,” the order said.

Furthermore, the district magistrate has imposed section 144 CrPC, 1898 and banned sale and purchase of sheesha for the purpose of smoking within the territorial limits of Islamabad district for a period of two months.

Meanwhile, the local police have identified the dead body of a girl as Anam (26) who belonged to a Christian family of Kharian. Her sack-packed body was found from the limits of Sabzi Mandi police station some days back. Sources in the police said that Anam worked as beauty parlor technician in UAE and had arrived Pakistan on September 22, 2016. She had visited UAE three times before. She was unmarried and had a qualification of FA.

According to preliminary investigation, she was murdered by suffocation and strangulation. She had no mobile phone when she was murdered. Her parents have been contacted and the taxi through which her dead body was thrown in public has been seen in Safe City Project camera but the number plate was not visible. The sources said airport camera and other technical help is being obtained and her relatives are being interviewed.

Furthermore, Islamabad police have arrested 10 outlaws from various areas of the city and recovered hashish and weapons from their possession, a police spokesman said yesterday.  He said that Secretariat police arrested an accused Muhammad Basheer and recovered 1055 gram hashish from him. Industrial-Area police arrested Syed Waleed Raza and recovered one punch from him.

Bani Gala police recovered one 12-bore gun from the possession of Rabnawaz. Tarnol police arrested Taimoor and recovered one 30-bore illicit pistol along with ammunition from him. Cases have been registered against these nabbed persons and further investigation is under way.