For the record: Maulana Abdul Aziz says his warrants are bailable

Published: December 29, 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: Describing the case filed against him as ‘fake’ and ‘illegal’, Lal Masjid chief cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz on Sunday insisted that his arrest warrants are bailable.

According to media reports, a lower court on Friday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Maulana Aziz for allegedly threatening members of the civil society who had held protests outside Lal Masjid.

Talking to The Express Tribune, the red mosque’s main cleric said the reports about his arrest warrants being non-bailable are wrong. Instead, he said, even an SHO of a police station could release him on bail under the law. Maulana Aziz reiterated that he would not surrender to the police or seek pre-arrest bail because the FIR is “just a heap of lies”. He said he has made it clear repeatedly that he condemns Peshawar attack but no one is ready to accept this.

“I am available at Jamia Hafsa and will not go anywhere and the government should not make a mistake by trying to arrest me,” he said, adding that his arrest could trigger protests.

“They should first arrest Pervaiz Musharraf before wanting to put me behind bars,” he said, claiming that police does not dare to arrest powerful people of the country but places others under custody without credible evidence.

Lal Masjid spokesperson Mufti Tehseenullah told The Express Tribune that the state would face severe resistance from the students and followers of Maulana Aziz if it decided to arrest him. The reaction of an illegal action is always illegal, he remarked.

Jibran Nasir, who spearheaded the protest against the cleric, told The Express Tribune that this case puts credibility and resolve of the government against extremism into scrutiny. “Soon, I will also give a new protest call and our campaign will continue till his arrest,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 29th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Ahmed
    Dec 29, 2014 - 10:35AM

    Aziz should be put behind bars. We do not need this kind of preachers who are mentally stuck in the stone age. Government should introduce compulsory rotation of mullas and have them work in private sector to earn their living.

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  • Miristan
    Dec 29, 2014 - 11:01AM

    In Pakistan arrest warrants is a joke. There is no law?

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  • Ahmed
    Dec 29, 2014 - 11:05AM

    Looks like the govt cant even deal with this one guy in the heart of our Capitol… how can we expect them to deal with terrorism at the scale of PSW incident

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  • Pindi Kid
    Dec 29, 2014 - 11:13AM

    Jibran, you are a hero, but I have no doubt this NAWAZ govt that sees these maulanas as their assets will ever move to arrest him. But keep going through the courts and have them file a contempt of court against Chaudhry Nisar for not arresting this man.

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  • chandran
    Dec 29, 2014 - 11:18AM

    Like you people have given some political space to Hafiz saeed and give that space
    to this man also. It will soften him his attitude towards the society

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  • Kala_bacha
    Dec 29, 2014 - 11:20AM

    You are local thugs since the day you start threatening the state.

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  • Wellwisher
    Dec 29, 2014 - 11:31AM

    FIR should have been on his speech endorsing Taliban views.Recommend

  • Wali
    Dec 29, 2014 - 11:40AM

    Please stop giving space to the venom and posion this guy spreads.

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  • Rumormonger
    Dec 29, 2014 - 11:47AM

    A test case for the NS government. This will decide whose side they are on.

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  • king
    Dec 29, 2014 - 12:52PM

    since he has not been arrested,i clearly conclude there is muq muqa between the govt and the terrorists(so called TTP)…these politicians least care about us..as long as they are safe,it’s great.

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  • Parvez
    Dec 29, 2014 - 1:04PM

    Why is the government not doing its duty……..this man is intimidating the State and those within the State who sympathize with him are allowing this man to do so. So it is not just Abdul Aziz who is tainted but those who support him as well.

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  • Hasan
    Dec 29, 2014 - 2:03PM

    It is funny that whenever the Government resists in taking any such action for whatever reasons we straightaway blame the Government and no one else but whenever it does come out and take an action like launching operation in fata or the APC after peshawar attach or removal of death moratorium etc etc, we give the credit to to Military. These double standards are not healthy for the country.

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  • Karachiwala
    Dec 29, 2014 - 4:20PM

    He was the first mohraa of NS to dislodge mushhy the second was off course the great chief justice!!Recommend

  • Kamran
    Dec 29, 2014 - 11:48PM

    I will say Maulana Aziz is right his warrants are bailable since he has been provided personal .security by current government and well wishers from Pakistan Judiciary who bailed him out with clean chit, sers like supporters like Imran Khan who was crying on Musharrafs action on Jamia Hafsa and Lal Masjid.

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  • KK Kool
    Dec 30, 2014 - 1:58AM

    NS please let them roam around in Islamabad easily, let them grow stronger and please let them eat more of our beloved kids. Soon they will grow strong enough to haunt you and eat even your kids. That day is not far way. Today you have unleashed these morons on us, tomorrow it will be your return. Don’t forget this. ET, I challenge you to publish this otherwise you will be the most coward paper who also bow to these animals.

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