Daily Ummat “reveals” attackers of Mufti Taqi Usmani

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‘Daily Ummat’ – an Urdu national newspaper has claimed that the banned sectarian organization, Sipah-e-Muhammad was behind the 22nd March attempt on the life of top religious cleric, Mufti Taqi Usmani, which he miraculously survived. Three other people, including a police official and two security personnel were killed in the attack.

Citing its own sources, Daily Ummat claimed that ‘Zainabiyoon’ – a militant outfit affiliated with the banned Sipah-e-Muhammad was behind the attack on the religious leader. It reported that authorities have arrested two journalists Matloob Hussain Mosvi and Ali Mubashar Naqvi, along with fifty other people on a tip by a suspected terrorist already under arrest for involvement in the attack. It said more operatives of the outfit had infiltrated Pakistani media houses.

The newspaper wrote that the motive behind the attack was to destabilize the country by provoking sectarian conflict. The miscreants could also attack CPEC installations as anarchy ensued in the aftermath of the attack, the newspaper feared.

Ummat claimed that the suspects were tasked to target Mufti Taqi Usmani at a training camp located at Afghan border, which it said was run by Indian intelligence agency RAW and another intelligence agency of a neighboring country.

Daily Ummat further claimed that ‘Fatimiyoon’ – another Sipah-e-Muhammad affiliate recruits people along with Zainabiyoon from Pakistan for the Syrian war.

The newspaper’s claims are contradictory to what Mufti Taqi Usmani himself said about the attempt on his own and his family’s life. In a tweet from his official handle the cleric wrote that the attempt on his life was the handiwork of the enemies of Pakistan, therefore it shouldn’t be linked with sectarian conflict.

To ensure that his message is clearly understood, Mufti Taqi Usamni also tweeted the same in Urdu.

Thousands of people have lost their lives to sect based violence in Pakistan. In the past, attacks on prominent religious leaders have been followed by violence against the rival sect. The reason, Mufti Taqi Usmani probably didn’t want the attack to be attributed to sectarianism is because he knows the consequences a little too well.

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