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Hafiz Saeed banned from entering Islamabad in bid to stop addressing rally


February 19, 2012 - Islamabad

Pakistan has imposed a seven day ban on some leaders of the Difa-e-Pakistan Council, including Jamaatud Dawa's (JuD) Hafiz Saeed, Ahle Sunnat wal Jamat (ASWJ) chief Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi and General Secretary Dr Khadim Hussain Dhillon, from entering Islamabad.

The Express News reported that the ban has been imposed with a view to stop the leaders from attending the DPC's February 20 gathering in front of parliament house.

According to sources, the leaders could be arrested if they entered Islamabad.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik had earlier suspended the Station House Officer (SHO) of Margalla after the police failed to stop the three leaders from making an appearance at a Milad-un-Nabi gathering.

Meanwhile, a ASWJ spokesperson termed the ban as a 'shameful act', adding that they will contest the imposition of the ban, imposed under the Maintenance of Public Order, in courts.

ANI

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