A man was killed in Charsadda over a disagreement on the appointment of an imam of a mosque.
According to the locals, residents of Hazrat Mian village of Charsadda’s Sardheri area had appointed an imam to a mosque. The imam belonged to Jamaat Ishaatul Tauheed wa Sunnah, a sub-sect of the Deobandi school of thought. The sub-sect is also known as the Panj Peeri Group.
The appointment of the imam was opposed by another group of the Deobandi sect who believes that offering prayers behind a Panj Peeri imam is not allowed. On April 16, the conflict escalated to a level that the opponents opened fire at each other. A man was killed in the exchange of fire.
The deceased has been identified as 70-year-old Zahirullah, son of Roedad Khan. Police have arrested a suspect, Mudassir, and seized a Kalashnikov and pistol from his possession.
Talking to SAMAA Digital, SHO Sardheri Ali Akbar said that the accused was produced before a local court. The court awarded a two-day physical remand of the accused to the police.
Local sources claim that this is the second murder in this conflict. Four days ago, another man, Syed Khan, was also killed in an armed conflict between the two groups. The accused, Shehzad, son of Naseer, is still at large. However, police say they are unaware of any such incident.
What is Jamaat Ishaatul Tauheed?
Jamaat Ishaatul Tauheed is a hardline sub-sect of the Deoband school of thought. The group was founded by Maulana Tahir of Panj Peer, Swabi District of KP. Most of the followers of the group are in KP.
Earlier, the group was considered ideologically aligned to Maulana Sufi Muhammad and Mullah Fazlullah of the TTP. However, after a recent operation against the TTP-Swat group, the Jamaat Ishaatul Tauheed showed flexibility and the leader of the group announced support for the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf during the 2018 general elections. Earlier, the group considered a democratic system ‘un-Islamic’.