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7 prayer leaders held, 35 booked

RAWALPINDI/TAXILA: As many as 35 people were booked and seven prayer leaders arrested during the last 24 hours on the charge of violating the new laws promulgated by the government after the Army Public School (APS) attack in Peshawar in December 2014.

Police in Taxila arrested the seven prayer leaders under the Punjab Sound Systems (Regulation) Act 2015.

The arrested people were identified as Hafiz Waseem, Maulana Asif, Maulana Nasir Ijaz, Maulana Aabid Khan, Maulana Aabid Hussain, Maulana Ghulam Murtaza and Khateeb Umer Khattab.

Cases were registered against 16 people in Rawalpindi for not providing details of their tenants to the police.

The owners of houses, hotels and inns are bound to submit the lists of their guests to the police within three hours while the owners of houses should inform the police about their tenants within 48 hours of renting out the house.

The National Action Plan (NAP) empowers the police to arrest the owners if they do not follow the instructions.

Seven other people were booked for wall chalking. As many as 11 shopkeepers and the owner of a marriage hall were also booked for violating the Security of Vulnerable Establishment Ordinance 2015. The police said the booked persons had not made proper security arrangements, including installing CCTV cameras, in their business establishments.

According to a police spokesman, 22 cases were registered under the sound system regulation and 20 people arrested so far this year.

Courtesy : Dawn News



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