Non-bailable arrest warrant issued for Lal Masjid's Maulana Abdul Aziz

Published: December 26, 2014
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File photo of Maulana Abdul Aziz. PHOTO: AFP

File photo of Maulana Abdul Aziz. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: A court in Islamabad on Friday issued a non-bailable arrest warrant for Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz.

The decision comes against the backdrop of ongoing protests organised by civil society members. The civil society members also registered an FIR against Aziz and gave the police a deadline (Friday) to open an investigation case against the cleric.

Lawyer-turned-activist Jibran Nasir, who spearheaded the protest, remained undeterred, despite receiving a threatening call from the Tehreek-e-Taliban Jamatul Ahrar faction’s spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan.

“We have requested the police to conduct a focused investigation…then we will know whether to continue chanting slogans or to celebrate,” he told The Express Tribune.

“This is a story of the will of the common man. This is a common man’s protest against all the rogue clerics who use and manipulate the name of Islam for their own interests,” he said. Nasir, who has been instrumental in galvanising public support through social media, said that the protest had acquainted with like-minded individuals, who now represent the campaign.

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Reader Comments (39)

  • Khalid Kirmani
    Dec 26, 2014 - 4:08PM

    Hate mongers like these should be arrested ASAP.This nation needs harmony and peace.

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  • Mohammed
    Dec 26, 2014 - 4:08PM

    Brave man registering a case against this lunatic and his loony supporters. May Allah keep him safe.

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  • sardarzaheer
    Dec 26, 2014 - 4:21PM

    Good Job Nasir,

    You also need to take him to court as well through civil suit…

    regards,

    sz

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  • Tahir Khan
    Dec 26, 2014 - 4:21PM

    Well done sir!
    I hope the public acts against other fire brand clerics fomenting violence.

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  • good start
    Dec 26, 2014 - 4:25PM

    small victory in a long long battle neverthless good start. congratulations to all the sane people

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  • Ashraf
    Dec 26, 2014 - 4:27PM

    What a mess !!

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  • Ammar
    Dec 26, 2014 - 4:33PM

    Weldone!

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  • Shaheryar
    Dec 26, 2014 - 4:37PM

    Bravo, feeling change …!

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  • ashraf
    Dec 26, 2014 - 4:57PM

    good job sir, he need to more. just execute him in public…….

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  • Asad
    Dec 26, 2014 - 5:02PM

    Interrogate him and he will lead you to actual culprits behind Peshawar and all other attacks!

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  • incognito59
    Dec 26, 2014 - 5:29PM

    Try him in the Military Court!

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  • Peace
    Dec 26, 2014 - 5:37PM

    There’s a big difference between issuing an arrest warrant and actually arresting someone. I will wait for the day when we see him behind bars.

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  • vision
    Dec 26, 2014 - 6:09PM

    Musharraf is a real man of vision, he attempted to get out of this evil in veil

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  • Abdul afridi
    Dec 26, 2014 - 6:33PM

    It means operation of Lal Masjid was justified. Needs thorough investigation and his wife is equally involved. Salam Justice.

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  • khwaja
    Dec 26, 2014 - 6:35PM

    I hope they have a case on him and they shut this menace of a mosque down. It should be reopened under a new progressive management that can set up a cultural centre too for all non Muslims to come visit.

    Get this ignorant lot out of the capital please.

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  • Wizarat
    Dec 26, 2014 - 7:43PM

    Thank you Nasir Jibran for keeping up the pressure, Now the PML N has to show the backbone to arrest this man and show the proof that they are really serious in treating the cancerous growth in Pakistan and the blood of the 150 or so innocent in Peshawar did not go to waste.

    Send him to the military courts, they may have some more charges pending for him re the earlier episode.

    Ask the parents of people living in the masjid to be taken back to their homes and rehabilitated to the civil society now.

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  • pakdefence
    Dec 26, 2014 - 8:39PM

    Time to arrest these apostate protester.

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  • Anon
    Dec 26, 2014 - 9:35PM

    Whats the charge?

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  • Mahmood
    Dec 26, 2014 - 9:44PM

    Very Unfortunate, Musharraf was forced to do politics by chuhadrys / other wise Pakistan would have been Pakistan.

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  • Raj - USA
    Dec 26, 2014 - 10:05PM

    This brave man has more courage than the lions. He has taken the risk, filed the complaint and got the arrest warrant from the court. The government should have arrested maulana Abdul Aziz immediately. The government is afraid to take the proper action and has not arrested Abdul Aziz yet.

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  • Kanwal
    Dec 26, 2014 - 10:08PM

    Great news!! Every bit counts. Every voice matters. We should all raise voices and speak up. One day this darkness will die.

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  • Faheem Uddin
    Dec 26, 2014 - 10:09PM

    No more fiddling with any Terrorist. Enough is Enough!!

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  • Parvez
    Dec 26, 2014 - 11:46PM

    This man is bad…….and those who sit in our assembly and support him are worse.

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  • Ahmed Ali Khan
    Dec 27, 2014 - 12:31AM

    @pakdefence:

    This person you called a professor is studied upto grade 2 only.

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  • Ahmed Ali Khan
    Dec 27, 2014 - 12:52AM

    We need young men like Jibran Nasir who can stood up and called a spade is a spade and take practical steps. If we have even 0.01% people who can stand up and tried to eradicate wrong doing in the society then we will be living very peacefully.

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  • Reza Khan
    Dec 27, 2014 - 4:13AM

    Pakistan Zindabad!

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  • Midas
    Dec 27, 2014 - 4:45AM

    At least this proves that Lal Masjid case against Musharraf is frivolous.

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  • Kamran
    Dec 27, 2014 - 6:35AM

    Jibran we are poud of you, one sincee advice keep your aim high, please dont take a short cut and join PTI.

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  • Rex Minor
    Dec 27, 2014 - 7:49AM

    Brave and courageous indeed is the EVILwhich pounces on the men of God who spend their life time in the service of the communities who seek salvation.

    Rex Minor

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  • Dec 27, 2014 - 8:37AM

    What goes around, comes around.

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  • babbarsher Khan
    Dec 27, 2014 - 9:26AM

    Secularize and sanitize Pakistan, this is the need of the hour. It is high time that we follow what Ataturk did almost hundred years ago in Turkey. We have enough of this pseudo-religious state taking us to collective hara-kiri.

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  • kulwant singh
    Dec 27, 2014 - 10:28AM

    Their actual home is jail the people like this Maulana are harming the religion when they propagate hatred he must be arrested immediately and put behind bars and his interrogation will lead to the arrest of many more like him.

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  • Dec 27, 2014 - 10:58AM

    Why has it taken so long in arresting this misanthropic person? Arrest him, try him in a military court, and then publicly flog him for crimes against humanity. Salams

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  • Parvez
    Dec 27, 2014 - 1:34PM

    It looks like the police are awaiting orders from the Home Minister to arrest him…..who is waiting for orders from the Prime Minister…….who is unable to make a decision by himself…..so he is thinking of forming a committee….

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  • Arif
    Dec 27, 2014 - 7:59PM

    At last someone took a brave step against this evil maulana who was portraying a bad image of Islam..

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  • pakistaniat
    Dec 27, 2014 - 8:21PM

    And why have we not arrested him yet…

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  • Eric Kumar
    Dec 28, 2014 - 3:02AM

    Shame on Pakistan and it’s citizen over 140 children and adults killed and country has this cleric sitting in mosque and you people and your government has no grit to catch this villain. You claim to control Taliban and bring country to harmony seems like your leaders , your military has no guts to control or kill a spider. Your whole system seemed like in chaos and your existence as nation are numbered. Your military has no stamina and they are out energy and are out of Gas fighting Taliban. One can understand that. Prime minster seemed to be in the process has forming 15-sub working groups what a joke. A cleric sitting in mosque is still making shots and people can’t do any thing if it was in any other country I bet you this man has long gone. He would has been a history. It seems nation as a whole is sleeping and they don’t have no feeling what is happening in the country. I bet ya even E,Tribune would print this because they don’t want the whole world know the truth about people of Pakistan. The system in the country seems to breaking apart. As a poet said ” Na Sambhlo gay tu mit jao gay tumhari dastan bhi na hogi dastano mai. translated it means If you will not watch your self even you won’t be in history books.

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  • Eric Kumar
    Dec 28, 2014 - 4:02AM

    That will be a day Pakistani’s are able catch this man.

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  • Pindi Kid
    Dec 28, 2014 - 11:12AM

    Brave act by Jibran. He has restored some of my faith in the lawyer community, as there may be some light after all. I still remember the lawyers who kissed the murderer of Salman Taseer. Recommend

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