On Tuesday, it was widely speculated on social media that Jhelum police had arrested religious preacher, Engineer Muhammad Ali Mirza for passing derogatory remarks against religious scholars.
Mirza is a resident of Machine Mohallah of Jhelum city. The cleric regularly uploads lectures on his social media and has a huge following.
Jhelum police lodged an FIR against Engineer Muhammad Ali Mirza for his alleged derogatory and instigating remarks against known religious scholars.
He was booked under Section 153 of the Pakistan Penal Code after a clip went viral on social media.
In the viral video Mirza had called for violence against various religious figures.
The news of his arrest sparked his followers on social media who are demanding his immediate release.
Many have come forward to condemn Mirza’s arrest.
Hamza Ali Abbasi denounced his arrest and called for his release.
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Stand-up comedian, Shafaat Ali also raised his voice in the cleric’s support.
People are of the view that his arrest is uncalled for but Mirza must apologize for his remarks.
Despite Twitter uproar, the cleric might not be in police custody
As reported by Naya Daur, while a FIR has been registered, Engineer Muhammad Ali Mirza might not be in police custody.
The publication also reported that the preacher was likely to release a video later in the day detailing the nature of the charges pressed against him and his current equation with the authorities. Mirza is also likely to address his critics in the video message.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information comes in.
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