Peshawar: Arrest warrant issued for DFC in TNSM cases
PESHAWAR: An anti-terrorism court on Monday issued bail-able arrest warrant for the detective foot constable (DFC) of the Matta Police Station and withheld his salary for not serving summons to 30 prosecution witnesses in two cases against Maulana Sufi Mohammad, chief of the Tehrik Nifaz Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM).
On June 6, Anti-Terrorism Court of Swat Judge Asim Imam indicted the TNSM chief in two cases, attack on a police station and a conspiracy against the state, both registered over 16 years ago in Swat.
Sources close to the trial in the Peshawar Central Prison told The News that when the judge started hearing the cases, all the prosecution witnesses were absent. It was not clear whether the DFC Matta Police Station had served summons to the prosecution witnesses or not.
However, the judge took exception to the non-appearance of the prosecution witnesses in the cases and issued arrest warrant of the DFC. The judge also issued orders to stop salary of the DFC and summoned him along with the 30 prosecution witnesses for July 11.
The trail of Maulana Sufi Mohammad in different cases of terrorism is being conducted inside the Peshawar Central Prison for security reasons. One of the two cases was registered as FIR No 250 at Matta Police Station. In that case, the Maulana and some of his associates were charged with attacking the police station, which had resulted in injuries to 13 policemen.
Similarly, in the other case registered at the same police station in 1995, Maulana Sufi Mohammad was charged with hatching a conspiracy against the state. Most of the cases against the TNSM chief were registered in 1994 when the TNSM had stepped up its movement for the enforcement of Sharia in Malakand division.
During the same period, thousands of activists had blocked the Peshawar–Swat Highway at Malakand Top for several days.