TNSM chief Maulana Sufi Muhammad passes away

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PESHAWAR: The founder of the Tehsildar-e-Nafaz-e-Shariah-Muhammadi (TNSN) Maulana Sufi Muhammad passed away in the early hours of Thursday, his family said. He was 92.

Sufi Muhammad had been was arrested in July 2009 and charged in 24 cases of terrorism. He was released from jail in January 2018 after his arrest and subsequent imprisonment in 2009 for hate speech against the government.

The TNSM chief had argued that he should be released “as his health is deteriorating with each passing day.”

On July 30, 2009, a Swat police station had booked the TNSM chief for hate speech against the government. In that speech, Sufi Muhammad had termed the Constitution “un-Islamic” and demanded enforcement of the Sharia.

The TNSM chief had been imprisoned since his arrest when the final phase of a military operation against militants was launched in the Malakand region.

A number of cases were registered against Sufi Muhammad; however, in each case, witnesses against him had either died or could not be traced.

Successive governments did not adopt a uniform policy towards him, which can be termed as a reason for his non-conviction in cases registered against him.