Peshawar court releases TNSM chief Sufi Muhammad

Pakistan Forward

PESHAWAR -- A Peshawar High Court bench has granted bail to the head of the Tehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Shariah-e-Muhammadi (TNSM) militant group, which sought to impose strict Sharia law in Malakand Division, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, before troops dislodged it in 2009.

Authorities filed two cases against TNSM chief Maulana Sufi Muhammad in July 2009, accusing him of sedition and waging war against Pakistan, among other offences.

Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth, who made up the single-member bench, Monday (January 8) accepted two petitions filed by Muhammad and granted bail with two sureties of Rs. 700,000 ($7,000) each for the two cases.

Muhammad, 93, has been in prison since July 2009. He is the father-in-law of fugitive Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah.

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