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

Published: December 14, 2014
Says video extolling IS was an independent act of students of Jamia Hafsa.

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

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.

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Reader Comments (26)

  • Mohammad
    Dec 14, 2014 - 10:50AM

    government must suppress these elements with full force….


  • Wizarat
    Dec 14, 2014 - 10:58AM

    Why is it that we let these kinds of cancerous growth continue in Pakistan. This is the root cause of sectarian problems in Pakistan. How can the Government of Pakistan allow such an outright misuse of facilities given to these so called students.

    This Institution of Terror must be shut down. The ideology spewing out of places are taken right out of the Al-Qaeda notes as well as the Saudi sponsored terroristic slant that is not allowed even by the Saudi Government inside the Kingdom(?) but they support it throughout the world to keep Muslims fighting among themselves.


  • excalibur
    Dec 14, 2014 - 11:07AM

    Good Luck and More power to the criminals of Lal Masjid and their supporters.Shameless people

    Musharraf Zindabad


  • vaqas
    Dec 14, 2014 - 11:08AM

    Why was this vitriolic seminary allowed to resume in the first place? All its functions should have been seized and all its administration should have been jailed in 2007.


  • Ahsan
    Dec 14, 2014 - 11:32AM

    As long as we have radicals like these on our soil, we dont need enemies from outside. Musharraf was right in doing what he did. All those who challenge the writ of the state ahould be met with iron fists. Specially those blinded with radicle ideas understand no other language.


  • Truth_Prevails
    Dec 14, 2014 - 11:48AM

    Pakistan Government has to get off its kneeling position before these terrorists sitting right under its nose. All religious schools need to be regulated by bringing them under normal schooling system and religion needs to be a specialization in senior classes. Else these terror breeding grounds will bring Pakistan down. REMEMBER these bigots do not represent Islam.


  • Allah_Rukha
    Dec 14, 2014 - 11:53AM

    The catastrophe : People in Pakistan have exchanged their perception about whats right and what is wrong.


  • Saad
    Dec 14, 2014 - 11:54AM

    Now that we know about the roots of IS support in Pakistan, lets detain and teach them a message which would set their minds right. Also, if you love Islamic State of Iraq & Syria please move there as we don’t have anything to do with the ISIS. Thanks


  • Dec 14, 2014 - 12:30PM

    The people of this Land of the Pure should beg forgiveness from
    ex President Musharraf. He was right all along. He did the right
    thing then. Truly this country is into the abyss.


  • observer
    Dec 14, 2014 - 12:36PM


    “Why is it that we let these kinds of cancerous growth continue in Pakistan.”

    Why? It is because of state policy of using “good” terrorists as national strategic assets. One reaps what one sows.


  • Ali
    Dec 14, 2014 - 12:43PM

    Where are supporter of Lal Masjid now? Time is proving that Gen Musharraf was right in his every action against so called Muslims of Lal Masjid.


  • Nasa
    Dec 14, 2014 - 12:48PM

    Free speech only for those we agree with!


  • Asad
    Dec 14, 2014 - 1:08PM

    This PMLN was the biggest supporter of Lal Masjid people. Are we up for another operation in Islamabad ? Had PMLN not been oportunist against Gen Musharaf, we would not have read this news today.


  • Muhammad
    Dec 14, 2014 - 1:10PM

    Now the Govt will again say that there is no presence of IS in Pakistan. This menace and those supporting it should be dealt with an iron fist earliest or we will all suffer in the near future… Musharaf sb zindabad.


  • changezi
    Dec 14, 2014 - 1:16PM

    IS never went to help Palestinians and these Jamia Hafsa ppl are living with false hopes.


  • ishrat salim
    Dec 14, 2014 - 1:20PM

    If this action was in America, they would all have been arrested & institution closed. In absence of such punitive action, our country has become hub for extremist mindset & elements, so much so that people are scared to go against any such group action….


  • khwaja
    Dec 14, 2014 - 1:56PM

    Let’s have a law regulating faith teachings. These seminaries should be then controlled. Violators must be punished. How many of us would really want to sit down and have a cup of tea with these fanatics ? This is not what Pakistan was supposed to be.Recommend

  • Hamaad Haider
    Dec 14, 2014 - 2:11PM

    The IS barbarians are enslaving women and children for sex, including pre-pubescent girls.

    If there is any one supporting or inviting these barbarians, they should be jailed for inciting, aiding and abetting crime – their words are an act against the state.


  • kafirmusafir
    Dec 14, 2014 - 3:21PM

    If you can’t put a fire when the spark starts, it would be much difficult to put it when the flames are burning. Ch. Nisar claims there is no IS. Saeed Hafeez is spewing flames of hatred. Taliban is torching the West. Punjabi terrorist are holding prime grounds and poisioning. And Kashmiri militants are cheered by all of Pakistan. Islam is a religion of peace. These students are seminarians of a major Islamic college. Good luck Pakistan. You need it.


  • cautious
    Dec 14, 2014 - 4:30PM

    Why is anyone surprised? This is the same institution that has a library named after OBL – mass murdering extremist terrorist. Shame on Lal Masjid, shame on Pakistan.


  • pakistani
    Dec 14, 2014 - 6:46PM

    this is not free speech. This is incitement of violence, this has to be stopped.


  • Alfa Romeo
    Dec 14, 2014 - 8:18PM

    But why target IS? They aren’t harming Pakistan! They are just like SSP, JuD, LeT, JeM, HuM..and dozens of others…they only target foreign countries! Did Pakistan get aid to target IS as we’ll?


  • NextGen
    Dec 14, 2014 - 8:52PM

    Do what Saudi Kingdom would have done to their nationals who ask for “foreign support” against their Govt! It’s outright “treason” & “must be dealt with” accordingly. Now we are seeing Mush was brought down by the terrorists’ supporters, who was crying during army action against their friends and saving them. See Who they didn’t Bombed. Who was releasing them back out to kill more Pak Soldiers? The same team that blame the new “anti-corruption revolution” as Pak Army’s “scheme”. Why? Because they are them self the real anti-state factors in Pak__ they made Pak enemies as their friends & Pak-protectors as enemies. Nawaz or PMLn is totally ill-equipped to handle the terrorism because are now scared of the snake-pet they kept. It must be a true People’s leader to swiftly annihilate these sanctuaries & their threats.


  • Rawalpindi Kid
    Dec 15, 2014 - 12:11AM

    “Why is it that we let these kinds of cancerous growth continue in Pakistan”? I’ll tell you why. Because after Musharraf shut them down, the Iftikhar Chaudhry led judiciary let them off scott free, because the “democratically elected” govt of Zardari was too scared to properly prosecute them, and what can we say of Nawaz Sharif except he has no spine and actually supports these mullahs. The result is despite the fact these lal masjid criminals murdered army officers, their leader was set free, the masjid was turned back to them, and they were even allowed to name their library after OBL. Are we such fools not to expect they will show their true face again now supporting ISIS? They supported Al Qaeda before 2007 and were hiding terrorists in the mosque. Except Musharraf all the later leaders have taken no action and the judciary has supported these gangsters. We can only now hope Gen. Sharif puts his foot down and tells PMLN action has to be taken to shut them down again or 2007 will repeat itself. Musharraf Zindabad!


  • BlackHat
    Dec 15, 2014 - 12:05PM

    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.


  • ishra salim
    Dec 17, 2014 - 4:58PM

    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.


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