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.