5 Imams Arrested in Punjab for Violation of Code

Four Imams were arrested in Gakhar Mandi, Punjab, while one escaped before a case could be booked against him, due to violation of the Friday Prayers Code.

Four Imams were arrested on Friday in Gakhar Mandi, Punjab, while one escaped before a case could be registered against him – this happened due to the violation of the Friday Prayers Code implemented by the Punjab Government.

According to Code, all the mosques will be locked for Jumma prayer and general prayers for five times except only for five people at most, including the caller for prayer (muezzin) and prayer leader (imam), who would be allowed to perform prayers.

The law enforcement agencies and police checked the mosques and arrested four imams in the Gakhar Mandi area. The arrested are:

  1. Allama Muhammad Abbas Rizvi, the prayer leader of Jamia Masjid Noora,
  2. Qari Muhammad Sabir of Jamia Masjid Ghausia Rizvia in Mohalla Noorpura,
  3. Qari Muhammad Mazhar of Jamia Masjid Gulzar-i-Madina in Mohallah Karimabad,
  4. Qari Muhammad Usman of Jamia Mashid Kareemabad.

Where is Gakhar Mandi?

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Gakhar Mandi is a city in the Gujranwala district, and is located between the cities of Gujranwala and Wazirabad. It is central to 33 villages.

It is home to the second largest electric grid in Pakistan. Gakhar Mandi is famous for its handmade industry and floor mats.


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