Lal Masjid cleric: Quashed cases can be revived, say police

Published: December 22, 2014
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A file photo of Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz. PHOTO: ONLINE

A file photo of Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz. PHOTO: ONLINE

ISLAMABAD: The government can revive quashed cases against Lal Masjid chief cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz by incorporating new evidence in the ‘challan’, as he is still believed to have a soft corner for the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Islamic State (IS), a senior police officer told The Express Tribune.

According to Section 2f (c) of the Protection of Pakistan Act 2014, a case can be registered against the cleric for his support of terrorist groups, the official said.

Applying ‘innocent until proven guilty’ adage of the criminal jurisprudence, the previous government of the Pakistan Peoples Party had quashed all cases against Maulana Abdul Aziz.

Following the 2007 military operation, a number of cases were registered against the cleric and his slain brother with charges ranging from kidnapping, treason, and terrorism — including a ranger’s murder case against Aziz.  But the cleric managed to get acquittal in almost all 37 cases from the courts in a few years, while the remaining were quashed by the government.

Advocate Tariq Assad, who has represented Aziz in many terrorism-related cases, told The Express Tribune that apart from one or two minor cases, his client has been cleared by the courts of all charges. Asked about his former client’s support for militant groups, Advocate Assad admitted that the cleric did not oppose the TTP or IS.

However, Assad was still of the view that the civil society has no right to protest against Maulana, arguing that he didn’t commit any crime and that he also clarified his position during this Friday sermon. “We condemn the barbaric attack on the Army Public School and Degree College in Peshawar, as we cannot support such attacks,” Assad quoted his former client as saying.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 22nd, 2014.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Jawad U Rahman
    Dec 22, 2014 - 10:00AM

    Just do it!

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  • Babbarsher Khan
    Dec 22, 2014 - 10:09AM

    His not so sincere apology came little too late!
    One will come across through thousand of instances of transgression by just viewing his past interviews on TV channels, newspapers alone for which he could be put behind bar. For too long we thought that taking actions against this chap and his fellow mad mullahs would weaken the very foundation of our nation, now are paying the price.

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  • Asad
    Dec 22, 2014 - 10:51AM

    ArrestAbdulAziz

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  • Sonya
    Dec 22, 2014 - 11:39AM

    The lawyers’ license who represent this cleric should be cancelled forthwith, the political parties that helped him acquit from the cases should be banned, the business tycoon Malik Riaz of Bahria Town who helped him rebuild (better than before) this mosque and other mosques in Bahria Town should also be treated as abettor in crime.

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  • JA
    Dec 22, 2014 - 11:59AM

    These Mullah’s are very powerful, nothing will happen to him

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  • salim
    Dec 22, 2014 - 11:59AM

    This cartoon character must not only be arrested but also tried for treason. The question is whether NS will have the courage?!

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  • Awais Rana
    Dec 22, 2014 - 1:01PM

    Time to put a bullet in his head also..!!

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  • Mustafa
    Dec 22, 2014 - 1:31PM

    Should be arrested and held accountable for all cases until each and every case is thoroughly checked so that he is punished if honesty and justice to prevail.

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  • Hammad
    Dec 22, 2014 - 1:54PM

    Someone should silently put a bullet in his head

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  • Taseer Siddiqui
    Dec 22, 2014 - 1:57PM

    Bangladesh judicial system for bringing high profile figures to book irrespective of their religious and political affiliations. Pakistan needs to learn a lot from its former East Pakistan.

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  • Parvez
    Dec 22, 2014 - 2:10PM

    Quite clear that he has the protection of the government………a terrorist sympathizer and a teacher who spreads hate. It is also quite clear that the government will only talk but do nothing.

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  • Rafeeque
    Dec 22, 2014 - 2:26PM

    And PPP calls itself leftist and liberal, what a joke.

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  • Citizen26
    Dec 22, 2014 - 2:59PM

    This apology is after public pressure. But he himself on said live on TV that he doesn’t condemn Peshaward attacks. Now courts are saying we don’t have any evidence? What other evidence counts?

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  • Shaikh Mohommad
    Dec 22, 2014 - 3:56PM

    @Taseer Siddiqui:
    YES, please import the “LAW OF JUNGLE” prevailing in Bangla Desh.

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  • Dec 22, 2014 - 5:07PM

    If all these cases, 37 of them were squashed by the Zardari Government.
    Then Zardari need to come out of his fort and explained why he did this.
    Celebrating Christmas in Paris must be nice. All the wining and dining,
    intimate little soirees at the Salon Zardari….er…Chateau Zardari. But
    Zardari need to come out and explain WHY CASES WERE SQUASHED.

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  • Jibran
    Dec 22, 2014 - 5:38PM

    @Rafeeque:

    It was notorious Chaudhry Iftikhar who forced the quashing of all cases and restoring Mullah Aziz back to his position, out of his own radical and extremist beliefs. Scary part is that Ch. Iftikhar also handpicked like-minded judges in the superior judiciary, like Justice Siddiqui of IHC, pushing us deep in the state of perpetual terror.

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  • Wizarat
    Dec 22, 2014 - 8:31PM

    What are you waiting for Mr.Senior Police Officer. Or are you waiting for higher ups to rceive your marching orders.

    Please make sure that you do have Terrorism charges so that this guy, founder of Masjid-Zarar goes before the ATC and not just another magistrate who would release him as the goons would get to him and his family.

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  • wurmz
    Dec 23, 2014 - 1:40AM

    @Taseer Siddiqui:

    what are you doing here then?

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