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Prominent Shia cleric remanded to prison in instigation case

The administrative judge of the anti-terrorism courts remanded on Monday the chief of All Pakistan Shia Action Committee to prison in a case pertaining to instigation to violence. Allama Mirza Yusuf Hussain, a former leader of the Majlis Wahdat-i-Muslimeen (MWM), with others has been booked for allegedly instigating people to violence in Sharifabad after the murder of civil rights campaigner Khurram Zaki in May. Police arrested the Shia cleric on Sunday and produced him before the ATCs’ administrative judge to seek his custody for the arrest of the absconders. The investigating officer named Jibran Nasir and Samar Abbas as absconding accused in the remand papers. The court sent Allama Mirza Yousuf to prison on judicial remand, but directed the jail authorities to allow the IO to interrogate him at the detention facility between sunrise and sunset. According to the prosecution, scores of people and leaders of the MWM were taking the coffin of Zaki to CM House in a procession and when it reached a bridge in Sharifabad, Allama Yusuf spoke to the participants that triggered a violent protest.

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