Armed man who disrupts life in Islamabad demands Islamic system

Thursday, August 15th, 2013 9:08:50 by

An armed man, who entered the sensitive area of Islamabad on Thursday, demanded enforcement of Islamic system in the country.  

The man, identified as Sikandar and belonged to Hafiz Abad district Punjab province, carrying a Kalashnikov and a sub-machine gun‚ in a car resorted to aerial firing on the Jinnah Avenue near Red Zone in Islamabad near the key buildings including the Presidency and Parliament House and several embassies.  

The man told a private TV channel via phone, that he wants implementation of “Nizam-e-Mustafa.” He said the Muslims are in trouble and face humiliation in the world.  

“I do not care if I am killed by the police,” Sikandar said. He refused to surrender to the police and to allow his children go out of the car. He said the children do not want to go with the police.  

Sikandar’s father-in-law, Niaz Lekhwera, said his son-in-law had some mental problem but he did not expect such action from him. He said Sikandar had gone for picnic with his wife and children. 

“My daughter called me and said that Sikandar had fired near the parliament and is now in trouble,” he said. 

He appealed to Sikandar to surrender to the police to save the life of his children.  

The police raided his house in Hafiz Abad but did not arrest anyone as all members of his family had already gone into hiding.  

Residents said that the whole family of Sikandar had gone from the town as TV footage showed the armed man involved in a drama with the police in Islamabad for hours. 

Police seized his passport, identity card and some narcotics from his house.  A contingent of police was also deployed outside the house. 

Sikandar’s neighbours said that he is mentally sound and that they did not expect such action from him.  

Some sources said that he had associated with a religious group and his father in law said he had no extremist approach. 

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan ordered the police to try to arrest the man alive for investigation.  He said the police should not harm the woman and the children.

TV channels also reported that the man belonged to “Lashkar-e-Tayyeba” group and had been financier of the group in some countries. 

The man stayed for two nights in an Islamabad hotel before the drama was started. The security agencies arrested three men from the hotel to question them as to how an armed man stayed in a hotel. 

Islamabad police said they are taking care because of security of the woman and children. They said the man is using the children as human shield.

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