Restrictions put on lunatic holy men
[Dawn] Citing intelligence, the district administration has banned 28 firebrand
...firebrands are noted more for audio volume and the quantity of spittle generated than for any actual logic in their arguments...
Learned Elders of Islam from delivering speeches/sermons at religious gatherings and 24 others from entering Rawalpindi for 60 days starting from Muharram 1.

The 28 religious personalities from the Deobandi and Barelvi sects belonged to the Rawalpindi district. The intelligence reports said their objectionable speeches/sermons may lead to law and order situation during Muharram, a month which often sees sectarian violence.

Of the 24 Learned Elders of Islam whose entry into the district has been banned, 14 are from the Shia community, said a front man for the district coordination officer (DCO).

An additional inspector general (AIG) of the police special branch in a report informed the Punjab home department that resurgence of banned and Jehadi groups also needed to be checked to ensure peace during Muharram.

The report added: "An alarming increase has been noticed in the processions and Majalis during Muharram despite a ban on new innovations." It said as many as 51 Majalis and 31 processions were held without permission in Kasur and Sheikhupura last year. Besides, 115 incidents of 'time violations' of processions/Majalis were noticed in Bahawalpur and Faisalabad
...formerly known as Lyallpur, the third largest metropolis in Pakistain, the second largest in Punjab after Lahore. It is named after some Arab because the Paks didn't have anybody notable of their own to name it after...
while 10 incidents of route violations were reported throughout the province. Among those who violated the ban included five Learned Elders of Islam from the Sunni and two from Shias community.

The special branch report suggested that notices should be issued to organisers of new events regarding route and time violations and sureties must be sought from firebrand speakers. The local organizations should be involved in security arrangements, it added.

Posted by: Fred 2012-11-20