RAWALPINDI - Police apprehended five religious scholars belonged to different schools of thought and locked them up in Adyala Jail under 16 MPO (Maintenance of Public Order), informed sources here on Saturday.
The arrested Ulema, who would remain in the jail for 15 days, identified as Qari Shakeel, Maulana Saqib Ali, Maulana Rashid and two others, sources added.
According to sources, the five religious scholars were taken into custody by the police on the instructions of District Coordination Officer (DCO) Sajid Zafar Dall, who in the light of reports of intelligence agencies and Special Branch, ordered their arrest.
SSP (Operations) Mian Maqbool, while talking to The Nation, confirmed the arrest of the five Ulema. He said that there were some intelligence reports that these religious scholars were provoking public sentiments which could fan unrest in the district. To avoid this chaos, police nabbed them and shifted to Adyala Jail for 15 days.