Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Religious leader arrested for threatening Malala over marriage statement

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LAKKI MARWAT: A religious leader in Lakki Marwat District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was arrested for allegedly threatening and inciting violence against Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai over her recent statement regarding marriage.

Malala Yousafzai recently gave an interview to Vogue magazine in which she said in response to a question about marriage, “I still don’t understand why people get married if one person is married to another.” It is not necessary for him to sign the marriage papers (marriage certificate), why can’t it be just a partnership.

Source  Dawn News, the Lakki Marwat police official confirmed that Mufti Sardar Ali Haqqani was arrested on Wednesday after an FIR was registered under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

According to a copy of the FIR available to DawnNews.tv, the video went viral on social media in which Mufti Sardar was urging people at a gathering in Peshawar to take the law into their own hands and attack Malala.

A case was registered against him on the complaint of SHO Wasim Sajjad Khan.

The lawsuit alleges that “religious leaders were armed when they addressed the gathering.”

“When Malala returns to Pakistan, I will be the first person to attempt a suicide attack on her,” the FIR quoted her as saying.

The lawsuit alleges that the speech violated peace and incited lawlessness.

The FIR said that Mufti Sardar did not approach any legal forum and took the law into his own hands.

After the case was registered, the police raided his house and arrested him.

It may be recalled that Malala’s statement regarding marriage was also echoed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the opposition parties PPP and Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal had urged Malala’s family to clarify the matter.

The issue was raised late in the assembly by PPP lawmaker Sahibzada Sanaullah.

He said Malala’s interview was circulating on central and social media and demanded that the government investigate whether the girl’s education worker had in fact made the statement about marriage.

He had insisted that no religion allowed life partnerships and that it was reprehensible if Malala supported it.

“If Malala did not make this statement, she should explain,” he said.