Lal Masjid cleric seeks to cancel charges

Published: April 8, 2011
Maulana Abdul Aziz is charged with distributing prohibited pamphlets.

Maulana Abdul Aziz is charged with distributing prohibited pamphlets.


Chief cleric of Lal Masjid Maulana Abdul Aziz has moved the court seeking to quash a pending case against him. Maulana Abdul Aziz on Thursday filed a Criminal Miscellaneous application in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), requesting that a case in which he was accused of distributing pamphlets outside the Lal Masjid in 2007 be cancelled. Federal government and Sub-Inspector Ghulam Mustafa Awan were made respondents in the case.

The counsel for the defence, Muhammad Wajeehullah, said that a case was registered at the Aabpara Police Station in 2007 when some students of Lal Masjid were found distributing prohibited pamphlets. This was in violation of section 144, which had been imposed by the government.

Later, Ghulam Mustafa Awan who is a sub-inspector at the Aabpara Police Station registered an FIR under section 188 over the issue. On August 19, 2007, a challan was submitted before the trial court and on February 16, 2010 Abdul Aziz’s name was placed on the charge sheet.

The counsel said his client was innocent and had not committed any offence. “He was not even nominated in the original FIR,” he said, contending that the local police had registered a case with malafide intention and under the pressure of high-ups.

Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi will take up the case on Friday.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 8th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • faraz
    Apr 8, 2011 - 10:15AM

    He instigated voilence and when state acted to put an end to the drama, the poor children were asked to seek their 72 virgins while he escaped in a burqa, and now he wants all charges to be removed!Recommend

  • Elder Pakistani.
    Apr 8, 2011 - 10:50AM

    Why use the word cleric? When we say Lal Masjid and not Muslim’s church. Please use Maulana/Molvi! Recommend

  • Waseem
    Apr 8, 2011 - 5:57PM

    @ elder pakistani
    He is not maulana. He is disrespect to islam. Using young and innocent children as human sheild and challenging the goverment and disturbing peace. He should be in trial for traitor Recommend

  • salim
    Apr 8, 2011 - 6:35PM

    There are so many videos on youtube with this character preaching violence and encouraging suicide bombings.Recommend

  • Elder Pakistani
    Apr 9, 2011 - 6:30PM

    When America needed, everything was right against Russia?Recommend

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