Lal Masjid case: Four years on, Maulana Abdul Aziz indicted

Published: April 21, 2011
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Defendant granted bail in 2008, pleads not guilty. PHOTO: FILE

Defendant granted bail in 2008, pleads not guilty. PHOTO: FILE

RAWALPINDI: 

Maulana Abdul Aziz, the former  chief cleric of the Lal Masjid in Islamabad, was indicted along with 21 others on the charge of murdering a Rangers official, during the siege of the mosque compound in July 2007.

Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) Special Judge Malik Akram Awan on Wednesday formally indicted Abdul Aziz, his wife Umm-e-Hassaan, their daughter Tayaba Aziz, Humera Rashid, the widow of Abdur Rashid Ghazi, and some students and teachers of Jamia Faridia in the murder of Ranger official Lance Naik Mubarak Hussain who was deputed outside the mosque.

Aziz is accused of using the mosque loudspeaker to instigate madrassah students to attack the Rangers who had been deployed outside the mosque in order to prevent Aziz and his associates at the Lal Masjid from continuing their campaign of public intimidation that they had been carrying out since January of that year.

Among the charges against Aziz is also the kidnapping and abduction of Chinese massage therapists as well as hijacking a children’s library in June 2007 as part of his institution’s protest against the demolition of seven mosques in the federal capital.

The indictment comes nearly four years after the charges were first registered at a police station in Islamabad on July 7, 2007. The defendants have pled not guilty.

Aziz was granted bail in 2008, and the other accused were granted bail even earlier, in 2007.

On July 3, 2007, former president Pervez Musharraf ordered a military operation against the mosque for challenging the writ of the state. The military besieged the mosque for twelve days before assaulting the compound, an attack in which hundreds of students were killed.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 21st, 2011.

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  • Rohail
    Apr 21, 2011 - 11:05AM

    Maulana Abdul Aziz must be publicly hanged outside the Lal Masjid.Recommend

  • Friday
    Apr 21, 2011 - 12:11PM

    Rohail why Maulana Abdul Aziz be publicly hanged when a thousand times more a criminal than him i.e. Pervaiz Musharraf was allowed to escape. Even if the charges are proved still its a case of diyyat like the reymond davis and Maulana Abdul Aziz be released on the next hearing as done with reymond by the people of your thinking. Don’t bring your idealogical hatred in the matters of court as this also comes under the definition of terrorism for which even you could be “publicly hanged” as per your own code of justice.Recommend

  • Radial
    Apr 21, 2011 - 12:35PM

    I’ll give him 10 rupees if he shows up to court in a burqa and then buggers a goat.Recommend

  • Khalid
    Apr 21, 2011 - 12:49PM

    Yes, he should be hanged, he is responsible for all of deaths and all the bloody molvis who were in Peshawer for APDM meeting at that crucial time. Army waited for 4 days for them to surrender but they were doing Jehad according to them, avoiding life of children under 18. I bet if it would have been government of UK,US or middleeast they would have attacked on the first day. Maulana was also a lier he said we dont have ammunition and in video clips you can easily see AK47 with them sitting on the roof. They said they are very religious not even have television in Madrasa , but interestingly they all infacts all girls knew Shahid Masood and they contacted him on Cell. (What the hack was this madrassa about? Mobile phones with 16 yr olds???) yeah thts what I wanna ask… “kahan theen Kahan CHaligaeen”….Recommend

  • Adeel
    Apr 21, 2011 - 12:52PM

    “an attack in which hundreds of students were killed” this is the height of biased and unautheticated Dr. Shahid Masood type reporting….will ET come forward and share the list of those “hundreds of students” who were killed during the seige?? Mr. Editor…are you listening????Recommend

  • Imme
    Apr 21, 2011 - 1:31PM

    he should have been killed in public to spread message to all those who challenge the writ of state in first place and later to hang his in punishment to all those who were killed for his and his bloody brother’s personal motives .

    this will certainly stop those few would be Burqa molanas .. i am not the supporter of then president but it was a right thing to do because if it was let lose it would have set a precedent for all sick mind crooks to repeat things like that to pressurize government.

    He is a public enemy so there should be a speedy justice . Recommend

  • Ya right
    Apr 21, 2011 - 3:10PM

    @Rohail: And with him Musharraf!!Recommend

  • Rohail
    Apr 21, 2011 - 3:40PM

    Musharraf was the Army Chief. This Maulana was the head of a terrorist organization. Some some discipline! Recommend

  • Rohail
    Apr 21, 2011 - 3:42PM

    Correction: I meant “Show some discipline”.Recommend

  • sajjad
    Apr 21, 2011 - 4:05PM

    @Friday:
    @Ya right:
    What non snece is this , why you guys keep comparing a Mullah with the President, yes indeed he has done some bad deeds but that doesnt mean that you compare a 2 takka movi with a president who is also the Chief of Army..Recommend

  • Danish
    Apr 21, 2011 - 4:38PM

    If the murderer of Salman Taseer can be showered with rose petals, than Maulana Aziz, should be given the Tamgha-e- Jurrat, for trying to escape in a burqa after what he and his brother did! Welcome to the Banana Republic of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Aqeel Ahmed Khan Sherwani
    Apr 21, 2011 - 4:48PM

    Well – Molvi Aziz is responsible for all the deaths.
    Why um e Hassaan came out of the mosque holding her son’s hand and left the other children and girls inside…. is her son and daughter were more precious than anyone’s other?
    U should think and then decide whether these so called Molvis are worth to be called Religious Scholars or not!!!!Recommend

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