1960 Upkeep of Public Order (MPO) legislation was invoked by the Sindh authorities to detain 156 leaders and staff of the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) for 30 days, an area information outlet reported on Sunday.
The ordinance was promulgated on December 2, 1960, by the governor of the then West Pakistan through the regime of Area Marshal Ayub Khan. Since then there are numerous examples of it getting used and misused by the state. Reportedly, the TLP detainees have been accused of being in a behavior of making adversarial legislation and order scenario which was the reason for hassle for the locals.
Most of them have been arrested on Friday evening for staging sit-ins in numerous elements of the province over the arrest of TLP chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi. On the request of police authorities, the provincial authorities issued orders on this impact.
Reportedly, a letter was written to Sindh House Secretary Abdul Kabir Kazi by Sindh Inspector Common of Police (IGP) Dr Syed Kaleem Imam on Saturday, requesting the issuance of detention orders beneath Part three of the MPO ordinance. The letter was written after deputy inspectors normal (DIG) of Karachi’s West and East Zone and 4 DIGs of Hyderabad, Sukkur, Shaheed Benazirabad and Mirpurkhas had submitted their studies to the police chief, suggesting that the protesters be detained beneath the related legislation to keep away from any untoward scenario. Following this, the detention orders for 156 TLP leaders and staff have been issued and plenty of of them have been arrested.
Based on the detention orders, the members of TLP are within the behavior of harassing most people, instigating mobs towards Supreme Courtroom’s (SC) and difficult the writ of the state by way of blocking of public thoroughfares and vandalism. The detention orders additionally stated that the protesters would possibly create and adversarial legislation and order scenario and turn into a possible hazard to public peace. Subsequently, beneath Part three of the MPO ordinance, the employees shall be detained for 30 days from the date of their arrest, the orders added.
The detention orders additional acknowledged that the detainees could be positioned beneath the care of the superintendent of the Central Jail within the metropolis. The detainees, nevertheless, shall be at liberty to make a illustration to the provincial authorities towards this order, the orders added.
Reportedly, 44 out of 156 leaders and staff have been arrested beneath Part 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, for allegedly resorting to violence close to the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam on Friday evening. Among the many 44 arrested beneath terror prices, three have been office-bearers of the TLP within the province.