Cops shut down dance party in Lahore after cleric's threat

Published: May 11, 2017
File photo of a dance party. PHOTO: FILE

File photo of a dance party. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: A dance party was brought to a grinding halt on the call of a religious cleric over the weekend, reports emerging from the city on Wednesday said.

Sunni Tehrik Lahore President Maulana Mujahid Abdul Rasool threatened police to either stop a party at Sozo Water Park immediately or “face the music”, officials confirmed.

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Subsequently, the police and district administration ordered organisers to pack up and leave the venue right away, despite the fact that organisers obtained the approval of the deputy commissioner. Talking to The Express Tribune, Lahore Sunni Tehrik President Molana Mujahid Abdul Rasool said, “I will not let any such party take place; at least in Lahore.”

Bata Pur SHO said that over 2,000 people were attending the party, but it had to be stopped after a recorded message of the cleric started circulating among senior police officials.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 11th, 2017.

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  • Ali
    May 11, 2017 - 3:32PM

    What about thousands of stage dramas and obscenity which is going on in Lahore at Al’Hamra Hall?Recommend

  • Arbaz Ahsan Ranjha
    May 11, 2017 - 3:36PM

    Totally support this act by sunny jamat Recommend

  • Raghu
    May 11, 2017 - 4:20PM

    Salute to the cleric. I support him.

    A citizen of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.Recommend

  • 326
    May 11, 2017 - 8:39PM

    LOL. so instead of locking the cleric behind bars, they shut down the party that was pre-approved.

    Who is this cleric to order police and threat public? Is he IG police? Where in constitution it says that a cleric can dictate his terms to a Pakistani security institution and to Pakistani awam? Where are we heading? What are you doing to my country? Where is the people independence?Recommend

  • Barzukh
    May 11, 2017 - 9:02PM

    Mullah should mind his own religion not others as each individual is answerable for his own deeds.Recommend

  • Mir Masjidi
    May 12, 2017 - 5:09AM

    And what exactly was there to dance about ? Ramadan is soon upon us; are these people trying squeeze in an extra bit of frivolity just before the onset of the holiest of months ? Or are they celebrating the construction of a new metrobus line ? Whatever the reason, and taking in view the Hadith, if music is to be made, it should be only with a one-sided drum, nothing more.Recommend

  • k
    May 12, 2017 - 10:13AM

    @Arbaz Ahsan Ranjha:
    If i am a law abiding, Mature, Tax payer legal citizen of a country then why i cant enjoy? who has the right to interfere in my personal life?Recommend

  • Danish Raza Kazmi
    May 12, 2017 - 11:55AM

    Maulana Sahab should not be allowed to threat any one. Islam is not the name of Forcing any one.It is the right of a person to choose his path.This act by Maulana is totally condemable.Recommend

  • Danish Raza Kazmi
    May 12, 2017 - 11:58AM

    Maulana Sahab should not be allowed to threat any one .Islam is not the name of forcing any one. A person should have the right to choose his path.This act by Maulana is totally condemable…Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    May 12, 2017 - 2:26PM

    what an irony coming from Lahore – the eternal city of fun / pleasure / arts / music / dance patronised by Mughal emperors . Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    May 12, 2017 - 2:46PM

    Their job first and foremost is to mind everybody else’s business, you shouldn’t worry, Big Brother is watching.Recommend

  • IfellSick
    May 12, 2017 - 2:49PM

    The comments here make me feel more sick than the mullah! To all the self-righteous citzens of “Islamic Republic of Pakistan”, it is not about whether the party should have occured. It is about how dare a Mullah threaten citizens of the county against his potential backlash. HOW DARE HE? The people who were at the party did not threaten him or his faith in any way. Tomorrow, I can come outside of your house and tell you that I do not like your face. Either you need to disappear or face the “wrath of my workers”. I would like to see the police vacating you from your house!Recommend

  • Uzzi N Khokhar
    May 12, 2017 - 3:57PM

    Retarded clerics can’t mind their own bizwax.Recommend

  • ibrahim
    May 12, 2017 - 4:47PM

    Amr bil maroof wanahi an il munkir : not only do we need to call people towards the good but we also need to stop them from doing whats bad….besides this qur’anic verse there are many ahadith which openly advise us to stop something bad with our hands our condemn it or atleast feel bad about it in our heart….seeing someone committing a sin openly and not doing anything about it makes us as much a criminal as the person who is doing it. I appreciate what this Maulana sahib has done…May Allah keep him blessed and protected and guide us all.Recommend

  • Furqan
    May 12, 2017 - 6:00PM

    I love this maulvi – at least he had the guts to openly come out against the elite class ! Bravo !Recommend

  • Raheel
    May 12, 2017 - 10:49PM

    Mullahs are still dictating the country!
    If Dance party is unIslamic then pass the bill and update the law
    No individual should have authority to take the law in his hands
    Government should take the notice and warn that Mullah from issuing such statementsRecommend

  • Billa
    May 13, 2017 - 12:00AM

    Allah is watching. He is watching mullah [email protected] & Trollin: Recommend

  • Azam
    May 13, 2017 - 4:37AM

    Very well done. This is Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The law of the country is that it will follow Islam. Dancing like monkeys with no regard to modesty is against the law of the country. If anybody wants to dance they should dance within their houses.Recommend

  • sheraz
    May 13, 2017 - 5:09PM

    very good action from moulana. this is not libral Pakistan. it is islamic republic of pakistan. Recommend

  • Hassan Sarwar
    May 13, 2017 - 5:28PM

    Very well done such parties should be discouraged otherwise they will ruin our cultureRecommend

  • Xman
    May 13, 2017 - 9:22PM

    looks like the mullah got offended by a few people having a little fun.Recommend

  • Mamu
    May 14, 2017 - 11:41AM

    The constitution says that the country will be lead by the principles of Islam.Recommend

  • Rambo
    May 14, 2017 - 11:42AM

    Mature people dont do such stuff. Recommend

  • Imran Sheikh
    Jul 5, 2017 - 8:09PM

    If the music was loud and disturbing others beyond a reasonable hour the police were required to shut down the party on a public complaint. However a warning to the organisers to be more considerate was enough. Arrests were unreasonable unless the police instructions were defied. This is done regularly here in Toronto also.
    If the interference by a member of the public was on the grounds of personal dislike of such parties and no law was being broken the police should have told him to mind his own business unless an offense was committed.
    If the police saw a real potential threat from him to the revellers who were not breaking any law they should have detained this complainant for a few hours and let him off with a caution after the party was over.
    A professional police force enforces the law, without taking sides.Recommend

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