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Faizabad sit-in: Five more arrest warrants issued against Khadim Rizvi, others

Faizabad sit-in: Five more arrest warrants issued against Khadim Rizvi, others

ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Islamabad on Saturday issued arrest warrants for Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan s (TLP) Khadim Hussain Rizvi along with other absconding suspects in five more cases pertaining to Faizabad sit-in.

The warrants were issued by ATC Judge Shahrukh Arjumand over the cases registered in I-9 police station.

Till date, warrants have been issued against the suspects in 14 out of 26 cases. Nine have been issued by ATC whereas five by a civil court.

Police say that they have received all the 14 arrest warrants by the courts. The suspects are facing multiple charges, including terrorism, in the cases.

On the previous hearing, ATC had declared TLP chief Khadim Rizvi and his aide Afzal Qadri absconders in Faizabad sit-in case and directed police to arrest both.

The Faizabad sit-in—which began in November, 2017—had severely crippled routine-life activities in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. It lasted for three weeks and ended after a failed operation by the government which included a deal brokered by the army between the state and protesters.

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