ISLAMABAD: The federal police on Tuesday arrested a man later identified as the guard of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) senior leader Mufti Kifayatullah for wielding a Kalashnikov near the Parliament House.
According to the police, the suspect had been roaming around the Parliament House at Constitution Avenue with weapons for a long time and was ‘strategically’ arrested late out of fear of causing damage.
The police identified the suspect as a guard of JUI-F leader Mufti Kifayatullah. The capital police further said wielding licensed weapons outside the Parliament Building is also prohibited.
“A gun was recovered from him,” a police official said, adding that the man had been shifted to the Secretariat Police Station where an investigation was underway.
The guard was shifted to the police station for displaying a Kalashnikov in the restricted Red Zone. Police said wielding the licensed weapons outside the Parliament Building was prohibited.
JUI-F leader Mufti Kifayatullah staged a protest outside the Parliament over the arrest of his guard. He said that his guard has not committed any violation or taken the law in his hand. He further demanded that authorities should release his guard immediately.
In July 2021, the capital Police have arrested a man in possession of a firearm roaming near the Parliament House. The police identified the suspect as Malik Sohail.
The police further revealed that the 45-year-old suspect was a resident of Chakri, and was apparently mentally unstable. However, the police said that they were checking his record for any previous criminal activities.
A video also went viral on social media wherein the suspect could be seen waving a pistol and dagger in the air whereas the police kept a keen eye on him without taking any action.