Invitation to IS: Lal Masjid files petition against spokesman’s detention

Says video extolling IS was an independent act of students of Jamia Hafsa

Azam Khan December 14, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Lal Masjid’s clerics took the Islamabad administration to court for detaining their spokesperson in connection with declaration of support by the students of the seminary for the Islamic State (IS) led by Abu Bakar al Baghdadi.

Ihtesham Ahmad, trustee and spokesman of seminary’s Shohada Foundation, filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court against his detention by the capital police, requesting the court to restrain the police from harassing him and other members of the foundation.

A video in Arabic was released on November 26 by the Jamia Hafsa students declaring their support for the Islamic State and Baghdadi besides asking the Pakistani militants to join hands with IS fighters.

The principal of the seminary, Umme Hassan, reportedly endorsed this action, saying that the girls were justified in declaring support for the Islamic State, because no one came to their rescue when they were attacked and humiliated like enemies in July 2007.

The petitioner, however, denied media reports regarding Umme Hassan’s endorsement for IS.

A press statement issued by the foundation clarified that “since the courts had failed to impart justice, the students of Jamia Hafsa and Lal Masjid in desperation issued the video addressing Daesh to help them get justice.”

Ahmad stated that he and the foundation had no knowledge as to who had issued the video from the seminary but claimed it was probably the independent and exclusive action of the students of Jamia Hafsa.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 14th, 2014.


ishra salim | 8 years ago | Reply

This is the time to take punitive action against those who supports IS....unless we nip in the bud NOW this is going to grow like another cancer. We have become so used to fleeing away from owning responsibility, that is why we are in a mess. Instead of accepting the problem & find solution to face it, we try to shift the burden on to some one the ruling govt despises...that has been our rulers hallmark of governance.

BlackHat | 8 years ago | Reply

When there is heavy religious indoctrination in regular schools, and obviously, heavier in madrassas, it is illogical to be surprised by support for the IS from among them. When the state's writ is not felt and the organs of the state seem indifferent to the common man's struggle to make ends meet, you can also expect sympathy for the IS amongst the deeply religious general populace, desperate for hope. Pakistan needs to amputate and discard the failed policies.

The Army, the intelligence agencies and the civilian political establishment must come together to make the inevitable shift sooner rather than later. Religious extremism and terrorism pose an existential threat to the country. Democratic, parliamentary process is not the way to proceed. You need to declare national emergency and create a unity government for a fixed period to achieve proper grounding after which elections can be held once again. May be you need to redraw the constitution based on, not religious but universal principles.

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