Court grants pre-arrest bail to Lal Masjid cleric in two criminal cases

Published: February 2, 2016
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File photo of Maulana Abdul Aziz. PHOTO: AFP

File photo of Maulana Abdul Aziz. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: A district and sessions court granted on Tuesday pre-arrest bail to Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz in two criminal cases against the surety of Rs50,000 each.

Additional District & Sessions Judge Raja Asif Mehmood granted bail to the firebrand cleric after he appeared before the court early Tuesday morning.

Court orders police to present Lal Masjid cleric

On Monday, the court had refused to grant pre-arrest bail to Aziz in two cases, directing the capital police to produce him before the court today.

The court had directed SHO Aabpara Police to produce Aziz before the court if he was not already in custody in any other case. “If he is in custody then a report be submitted,” the court had ordered.

The Aabpara Police had registered a case under Section 295-A of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) read with Section ¾ of the Amplifier Act against Aziz and others.

Further, a separate case under Section 506 (ii) (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the PPC was also registered.

Aziz’s counsel Tariq Asad had submitted on Monday two pre-arrest bail petitions, along with an application, seeking exemption from personal appearance of his client before the court. He had also filed an application under Section 497 of the Criminal Procedure Code for grant of bail.

Fresh application filed against Maulana Aziz

However, the court had decided to take up all the petitions together on February 2, and ordered to file a fresh bail application in the cases.

Speaking to the media after securing a pre-arrest bail, Aziz said he is ready to forgive former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf and others in the Lal Masjid case.

“I will soon be able persuade some of my family members and will announce the forgiveness publicly,” Aziz told newsmen, saying he did not make any deal with anyone regarding the case.

The cleric claimed that Musharraf would not have committed such a mistake had the Sharia law been enforced in the country. “Musharraf is my Muslim brother and I will pardon him after consultation,” he upheld.

Aziz further claimed that some “fake” cases had been registered against him, saying his lawyers were taking up those cases in the country’s courts.

Meanwhile, the cleric’s counsel expressed his opposition to Aziz’s statement to pardon the former military dictator during his media talk. “I will register a case against Aziz if he pardoned those involved in the Lal Masjid operation,” Tariq Asad told the media.

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On July 3, 2007, Musharraf had ordered a military operation against the mosque administration for challenging the writ of the state. The military besieged the mosque for 12 days before launching an operation, in which deputy chief of the mosque. At least, 40 militants and three soldiers were killed on July 10, 2007.

Reader Comments (8)

  • Acorn Guts
    Feb 2, 2016 - 1:26PM

    I predict Aziz makes it to Forbes most powerful people of the year list for 2016.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Feb 2, 2016 - 2:17PM

    Those who subject the opposition in the land to militay trials, the clergy to peerless judicial courts and the politicians to gallows, have not grown to become an independent democratic State.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Rex Minor
    Feb 2, 2016 - 2:24PM

    On July 3, 2007, Musharraf had ordered a military operation against the mosque administration for challenging the writ of the state. The military besieged the mosque for 12 days before launching an operation, in which deputy chief of the mosque. At least, 40 militants and three soldiers were killed on July 10, 2007.

    No one but only those who were cut down have the right to forgive the perpatrators, this is what is written in the scriptures and this is what must transpire.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 2, 2016 - 3:35PM

    It looks like this man will make a mockery of the law……..just as he has done with religion. Recommend

  • Jibran
    Feb 2, 2016 - 6:03PM

    This is the true face of Zarb-e-Azb and NAP.Recommend

  • MMajeed
    Feb 2, 2016 - 6:51PM

    Has shariah law would have been in place Mr Aziz would not have been a free man.
    All those who were trouble mongers and challenged the writ of the state at that time were crushed with force.Mr Aziz a mischief maker who always challenges the writ of the state should be dealt with force as per shariah.Recommend

  • MSH
    Feb 2, 2016 - 11:35PM

    With lot of requests and appeal by those in powers in Islamabad Mullah Aziz agreed to appear before court for bail ,saving the government from embarrassment for not arresting him despite court order.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Feb 3, 2016 - 3:02AM

    Do we have courts in Pakistan – who granted bail he is loitering about since long and authorities failed to arrest himRecommend

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