Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of Islamabad High Court Monday has refused to hear the petition of Masroor Nawaz Jhangvi , the notorious Deobandi terrorists of proscribed ASWJ and son of founder of mother of all terrorism Sipah-e-Sahaba (aka ASWJ) who is seeking removal of his name from the fourth schedule.
After distancing himself from the petition, Justice Siddiqui sent the matter to the Chief Justice of IHC Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi for constituting a new bench.
Fourth schedule is a section of Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) under which someone who is suspected of terrorism is kept under observation. Furthermore, it is mandatory for him to register his attendance with the local police regularly.
Masroor Nawaz Jhangvi was allowed to contest election to become a Member of Provincial Assembly Punjab from PP-78 Jhang. He moved this petition challenging an order of 2014 under which his name was placed on the fourth schedule and nominated federation of Pakistan through secretary Ministry of Interior, Punjab home secretary and Chairman NADRA as respondents.
The MPA, whose slain father Deobandi takfiri cleric Haq Nawaz Jhangvi founded the sectarian terrorist outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba, approached the court through Tariq Asad and prayed to the court for removal of his name from the government’s list of terror suspects as his name was placed in the Fourth Schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), 1997 on May 9, 2014.
Masroor, after his victory in the PP-78 Jhang-II by-poll in 2016, joined another Deobandi party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) after objections were raised over his affiliation with the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba (renamed Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat).
His counsel, Tariq Asad Advocate said that his client had been deprived of his identity.
“The interior ministry has sealed his [Masroor’s] identity card and he can’t open or operate a bank account and draw his salary,” he added.