Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Jail for Promoting Sectarian Hatred

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Anti-terrorism Court (ATC) sentenced a man to 10 years in jail for selling material that promoted sectarian hatred and collecting funds for terrorism.

ATC Special Judge Rai Muhammad Ayub Marth convicted Sheikh Saifullah for spreading sectarian hatred and raising funds for terrorism after he was arrested selling hate material in Jehlum.

The judge granted five years jail for selling hate material and five more years for raising funds for terrorism.

The convict has to pay a Rs50, 000 fine for each offence. Failure to do so will add two more months to his jail term.

According to available details, the Counterterrorism Department CTD arrested Saifullah from Mission Mohalla outside Akram Shaheed Park on May 22, 2015 while he was selling CDs containing hate speech. The CDs contained speeches by Maulvi Hassan Dogra, which have also been banned by the Muttahida Ulema Board of Punjab.

The convict was on post-arrest bail, granted by the same court. He was arrested by the police after the ATC announced its verdict. The police later shifted Saifullah to Adiala jail.
After the National Action Plan was framed in 2015, a strict policy has been implemented by the government of Pakistan against terrorism and all those who promote it.

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The National Action Plan is an action plan that was established by the Government of Pakistan in January 2015 to crack down on terrorism and to supplement the ongoing anti-terrorist offensive in North-Western Pakistan. It is considered as a major coordinated state retaliation following the deadly Peshawar school attack.

The plan received unprecedented levels of support and cooperation across the country’s political spectrum, inclusive of the federal and provincial governments.

It combines foreign and domestic policy initiatives aimed to crackdown and eventually eliminate proscribed organizations across the country. The plan was provided the framework for the Twenty-first Amendment to the
Constitution of Pakistan which established speedy trial military courts for offences relating to terrorism. It has also led to the resumption of capital punishment and mandatory re-verification through fingerprint recognition of all subscribers on mobile telephony.

The National Action Plan authorizes the Foreign, Finance, and other ministerial departments to reach out to the friendly Muslim countries to clamp down on financiers of sectarian and terrorist networks operating against Pakistan.