Complaint filed against Sultan Masjid Imam for instigating violence
KARACHI: Today at around 1 pm, a large group of citizens of Karachi went to the Darakhshan Police Station to lodge a complaint against Sultan Mosque cleric Munir Ahmed Shakir for provoking people’s sentiments and inciting violence during his Friday sermon.
The complainants are barrister/journalist Ali K Chishti, joined by PPP MNA Sherry Rehman and the murdered Governor Salmaan Taseer’s son Shaan Taseer.
The police were cooperative and polite. They said that their plainclothes personnel do regularly monitor the mosques for hate speech etc. and that they will investigate the matter seriously and file a proper FIR within a few days. They said that the last time someone had filed a complaint against a cleric at that station was some years ago.
Ali Chishti, who initiated the complaint, said that even if nothing came of the complaint, it was symbolic in nature. “We have to get the message across that those who go around declaring others non-Muslims, or instigating violence, will not get away with it. There will be legal action taken against them”.