On 27 May this year, Pakistani Supreme Court Judge Sardar Tariq Masood and his family were travelling on the motorway from Lahore to Islamabad, when Muslim cleric Muhammad Hassaan Haseeb Ur Rehman’s vehicle intercepted the judge’s car, by hitting it while overtaking it. Subsequently, Hassaan Haseeb Ur Rehman (Muhammad Naqeeb Ur Rehman’s son) and six of his goons threatened the top court judge.
Seven men, including spiritual leader Rehman Jr., were arrested on terrorism charges among other things, after the judge lodged a complaint via the motorway police’s helpline.
When news of the arrest spread among followers of Rehman Sr. and Jr., a large number of their followers assembled at the police station. Influential political personalities, Ministers and other high ranked government officials then approached both parties for reconciliation. On 3 June Rehman Jr. was released on bail, after his father Muhammad Naqeeb Ur Rehman agreed to write an apology letter that was to be published in all print media and paid ₹1.000.000 (± €13.000) to be donated to welfare organizations.