Pak govt to free 300 persons having Taliban links
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Islamabad, June 14: The Pakistan government will free over 300 persons arrested for suspected Taliban links to meet the demand of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam to keep the Pakistan People’s Party-led coalition at the Centre intact, according to a media report. The government has also agreed to appoint JUI leader Maulana Muhammad Khan Sheerani of Balochistan as chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology when the incumbent retires this week.
The arrested persons, some of them suspected of being close associates of the Taliban network, are being released from jails in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province because they belong to the JUI led by Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the Express Tribune newspaper reported.
The JUI has for long been threatening to pull out of the PPP-led coalition if its demands, including the release of workers arrested on terror charges, are not met.
Over 300 JUI activists from the southern districts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa were arrested by security agencies on charges of either being part of the Taliban network or active supporters of the militants.
The men were arrested from Kohat, Hangu, Tank, Dera Ismail Khan, Lakki Marwat, Swat, Buner, Dir and Mardan districts after security forces launched operations against the Taliban in these areas last year.
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