Abdul Aziz gives govt two weeks to fulfill demands

Published: November 20, 2015
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File photo of Maulana Abdul Aziz. PHOTO: AFP

File photo of Maulana Abdul Aziz. PHOTO: AFP

File photo of Maulana Abdul Aziz. PHOTO: AFP Aziz resurfaced at Lal Masjid last week and gave the Friday sermon. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Former cleric of Lal Masjid Maulana Abdul Aziz on Friday gave the government two weeks to fulfill his demands including the recovery of his son-in-law, missing since June 2014.

After Aziz’s call on Thursday evening to lead a procession from Jamia Hafsah in G-7 to Lal Masjid, and lead the Friday prayers there, negotiations between the city administration and Aziz continued for two hours on Friday morning. The administration asked him not to take out a rally as his demands will be presented before high-ups, and sought a month for it. But Aziz gave them two weeks and warned them of holding massive rallies across the country if his demands are not met, said an official involved in the negotiations.

Security beefed up in Islamabad as Lal Masjid cleric vows to restart ‘Sharia Law’ campaign

After the talks succeeded, Aziz gave the sermon via telephone.

A heavy contingent of police and rangers were deployed outside Jamia Hafsah in order to avoid any untoward incident. Senior officials of the administration including IGP Tahir Alam Khan and Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Abdul Sattar Essani reached the seminary and persuaded the cleric not to take out a procession, shared the official.

The cleric demanded the administration to lift a ban on his movement and not create hurdles in his campaign of enforcing Shariah in the country. He further asked the police to quash an FIR registered on the complaint of civil society last year, and also asked that he be provided police security which he had enjoyed for three years. His last demand is about the recovery of his son- in- law who went missing in June last year. Aziz alleges that security agencies picked up his son-in-law from Lahore.

Lal Masjid cleric vows to continue ‘Sharia law’ campaign

Another senior official, who requested anonymity as well, said the administration is considering quashing the FIR registered against him by the Aabpara police last year on pressure of civil society after Aziz’s controversial remarks following the Peshawar APS attack. However, his remaining demands may not be accepted, explained the official.

Hafiz Ihtesham Ahmed, a spokesperson for Aziz’s Shohada Foundation, confirmed to The Express Tribune that the cleric gave two weeks to the administration to fulfill his demands, otherwise, he will take out a rally to enforce Shahriah. “Temporarily Maulana Sahib [Aziz] agreed not to go the mosque and give sermons via the telephone, and after two weeks he will give a final call if his demands are not fulfilled,” he added.

On November 13, the controversial cleric restarted his campaign to enforce Shariah and gave a sermon after a gap of almost one year.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 21th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (33)

  • Amir
    Nov 21, 2015 - 12:05PM

    Why can’t he be arrested for sedition, lock him and throw away the key.

    Nawaz Sharif, be like Musharaf and have the courage to take this cleric on.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Nov 21, 2015 - 12:27PM

    Mushrraf biggest crime was that he left this criminal alive. Recommend

  • Asad Khan
    Nov 21, 2015 - 12:45PM

    ….Vote Lal Haveli Ka, Ya Lal Masjid Ka…..

    As you sow, so shall you reap…(Nora Kushti League)

    regards,

    {PS. This nation owe an apology to Musharaf}Recommend

  • mazhar
    Nov 21, 2015 - 1:03PM

    Why he is issuing ststments daily on media,who has allowed him to make headlines ?
    where is NAP? I am unable to comprehend. ?Recommend

  • miristan
    Nov 21, 2015 - 1:09PM

    Put him in Jail and through away the keys.Recommend

  • bash gul
    Nov 21, 2015 - 1:10PM

    Shouldn’t this man be in jail for what he did in Lal Masjid? Now let all those people who were against the Lal Masjid operation suffer the consequences of his release.Recommend

  • sardarzaheer
    Nov 21, 2015 - 2:10PM

    why why why is our administration is evening thinking to quash as FIR against him he should be sent on trial to courts at least…and people like him who are trying to enforce sharia on whole country first try to to pose in their own selves, we have not forgot his escaping in veil and if he was on right past he should not have afraid to giving his own life to it, they are hypocrite Molvi driving BMWs and SUVs and expecting others to follow sharia…Army is requested once again to take action against this evil and eliminate as the present federal govt. is not potent enough to take action so before its too late or they are able to take more lives of innocent pakistanis they should be eliminated…. Pakistan ZindabadRecommend

  • Sana
    Nov 21, 2015 - 3:25PM

    You ran in a burqa leaving young students alone to die in your name and you have the audacity to talk about Shariah? Wow Recommend

  • Saleem
    Nov 21, 2015 - 5:50PM

    This man is only for himself and will do anything name, fame, and to protect his skin. He is not asjhamed to wear burqa and join a group of women to save his life. Now he is going to stage another drama and state must prosecute him and put him to jail.Recommend

  • ZAIN
    Nov 21, 2015 - 6:20PM

    If motive of this guy is Shariah law, then as a Muslim, i am also in favor of Shariah law. Because living a life of a non-Muslim and still calling yourself a Muslim is just hypocrisy.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Nov 21, 2015 - 7:11PM

    …..or he will put on his burqa

    what a master debator this mullah isRecommend

  • sensible
    Nov 21, 2015 - 7:53PM

    About time to root him out like others… Recommend

  • javed iqbal
    Nov 21, 2015 - 7:57PM

    Are Government /Establishment afraid form him? If he is not facilitator of terrorist then please explain the definition of facilitator to the general public.Recommend

  • Danish Nawaz
    Nov 21, 2015 - 8:05PM

    @Zain …. if u r so inspired by Shariah law , why u donot migrate Saudi or taliban dominated areas of Afghanstan or Syria , u can live under shariah law there.Recommend

  • Woz Ahmed
    Nov 21, 2015 - 8:27PM

    We must remember our state is called the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, we should live up to the name.Recommend

  • Khan
    Nov 21, 2015 - 8:37PM

    Arrest this maulana within next two weeks instead.Recommend

  • Dr Babar Khan
    Nov 21, 2015 - 9:02PM

    Another chance for the State to plug in the leaking orifices! Recommend

  • John B
    Nov 21, 2015 - 9:35PM

    I support him. He is only asking PAK to implement what is said in the constitution. He should hire a lawyer, go before tye PAK SC and demand sharia for PAK with all the money he is getting from KSA, it will be an interesting constitutional discussion in Pak!

    “Muslims must order their life according to Sharia and Sunnah” Recommend

  • Imtiaz
    Nov 21, 2015 - 10:33PM

    Surprising the government is very soft on him. He and his followers should immediately arrest and punsih for challenging the country and government. The culture of telephonic sermons and speeches should end becuase these are creating lawlessness in the country.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 21, 2015 - 10:52PM

    If our our government cannot handle these miscreants, then it should hand over them to Chinese. They know how to handle these rouge elements. Recommend

  • Babloo
    Nov 21, 2015 - 10:59PM

    Where is army commander ?????Recommend

  • AA
    Nov 21, 2015 - 11:31PM

    @John B:
    Only problem is, he is not for Shariah and Sunnah mentioned in the constitution you are referring to, he has his own twisted version of it, which he does not want to debate just wants to dictate.Recommend

  • Woz ahmed
    Nov 22, 2015 - 12:49AM

    Maybe a referendum on Sharia law will settle this once for all ?

    We must remember most of the Pakistanis on this discussion are English speaking with Internet connection , so either part of the elite or migrants. Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Nov 22, 2015 - 3:33AM

    This Burqa Posh Mulla did give sermon not in person but on telephone. Great Musharaf committed a mistake when he kept him alive. But why Nawaz Shareef is reluctant to take action Is he afraid or have a week point.. Why Ch Nisar is dumb and deaf. BP Mulla is putting ridiculous demands and the administration is bowing their heads. Recommend

  • Azam Khan
    Nov 22, 2015 - 5:31AM

    @Amir:
    Nawaz Sharif only knows how to take personal revenge. Recommend

  • Azam Khan
    Nov 22, 2015 - 5:39AM

    @Woz Ahmed:
    Do you ?Recommend

  • brar
    Nov 22, 2015 - 5:49PM

    @Babloo: The duty of the Army is to protect the borders and they are doing it, it is the duty of the Govt to tackle such people who think they are above the law of the land.Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Nov 22, 2015 - 9:00PM

    It is tantamount to threatening the State of Pakistan, there should be no negotiations and he should be warned by the security agencies that if he disturbs the peace with his hateful rhetoric, he will face the consequences. People like him are causing tremendous problems for the security of the country. If he wants and loves Sharia law then he should move to Saudi Arabia and practice and enjoy it there. We are in the 21st century and the country needs to move ahead and compete with others internationally specially the neighbor to the east. Pakistanis are progressive people and has rejected Saudi brand of Islam, Wahabism. Yes, in democracy the citizens should have the right to demonstrate and gather peacefully but if some groups tries to impose their will and spread hatred on the majority of the nation, then security of the country must come first. Recommend

  • Skywalker
    Nov 22, 2015 - 10:18PM

    @Saleem:
    He is a Burqa King. A coward who ran away during the confrontation, and we call him “maulana”. What the heck!Recommend

  • SardarAnisFida
    Nov 23, 2015 - 2:31AM

    nov 13,2015: the exasperatingly obnoxious Paris Attacks by the selfproclaimed bearers of the Islamic Flag (ISIS), took place, slaughtering so many innocent people and look what a coincidence on same very date in Pakistan the clerics of the infamous enforcement of Sharia’ struggle , announced to resume there compaigns, and once again threatened the sovereignty of the country. people of Pakistan please wake up! its high time. Does any of one want anyother evidence of the linkage b/w ISIS and this malicious compaign occulting itself in the prestigious cause of enforcing Islamic Shari’a. They blowed the same trumpit in Pakistan as was heralded in Paris, just the latter were more practical, and Islam doesnot teaches, supports and even stays quite on such atrocities. Please raise your voices against this outrage because todays voice can save blood of our next generation!Recommend

  • SardarAnisFida
    Nov 23, 2015 - 2:33AM

    nov 13,2015: the exasperatingly obnoxious Paris Attacks by the selfproclaimed bearers of the Islamic Flag (ISIS), took place, slaughtering so many innocent people and look what a coincidence on same very date in Pakistan the clerics of the infamous enforcement of Sharia’ struggle , announced to resume there compaigns, and once again threatened the sovereignty of the country. people of Pakistan please wake up! its high time. Does any of one want anyother evidence of the linkage b/w ISIS and this malicious compaign occulting itself in the prestigious cause of enforcing Islamic Shari’a. They blowed the same trumpit in Pakistan as was heralded in Paris, just th were more practical, and Islam doesnot teaches, supports and even stays quite on such atrocities. Please raise your voices against this outrage because todays voice can save blood of our next generation!Recommend

  • Np
    Nov 23, 2015 - 2:39AM

    @brar:
    The army has NOT restricted itself to the borders. It is involved in Karachi and Balochistan as well, so why not Islamabad? Recommend

  • Grumpy
    Nov 23, 2015 - 6:11AM

    This guy knows too many state secrets including Govt’s involvement in Kashmir and Afghanistan since he was directly involved and helped the govt and army .. hence he’s been getting away with alot Recommend

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