Controversial scholar Sufi Mohammad, founder of TNSM passed away

Controversial scholar Sufi Mohammad, founder of TNSM passed away
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ISLAMABAD - Maulana Sufi Muhammad, the founder of the banned Tehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM) which exercised control over parts of Malakand division in the 90s and 2000s, has passed away.

The 86-year-old controversial cleric’s death has been confirmed by his son.

The octogenarian, who was the father-in-law of former Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Maulana Fazlullah, had pursued the demand for imposition of a harsh brand of sharia law in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Malakand division for almost two decades.

Born in 1933 in Maidan, Lower Dir, Sufi Muhammad received his religious education from a local madrassa and was an active member of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) in the 1980s.

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