Saturday, April 30, 2011

Forces release LI founder Mufti Munir Shakir

Said Nazir Afridi
Saturday, April 30, 2011
BARA: Security forces released the founder of banned militant organisation Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) Mufti Munir Shakir in Sadda in Kurram Agency on Friday and ordered him to leave the area within three days, official sources said. The sources said security forces arrested him while checking vehicles at a checkpost in lower Kurram Agency on March 27, 2011. Talking to this scribe, Munir Shakir said neither was he involved in anti-state activities nor charged in any case. He termed his expulsion from Kurram Agency as violation of basic human rights. Munir Shakir and his rival Pir Saif-ur-Rehman were expelled by the political administration from Bara in Khyber Agency in the first quarter of 2006 for inciting people against each other through their illegal FM radio stations. Following his expulsion, Mangal Bagh organised the Lashkar-e-Islam and started to implement its manifesto forcefully in major parts of Khyber Agency. Mufti Shakir was arrested by security agencies at Karachi airport when he was ready to leave Pakistan in May 2006. He was released on August 20, 2007. He tried to come back to Bara and lead the LI but Mangal Bagh opposed his return as he considered him a threat to his power. The sources said that in early 2008 Mufti Shakir shifted to his hometown Karboogha in Hangu district and remained there till his capture by security forces.

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