Court asks petitioner to remove registrar’s objections

Plea for FIR against Lal Masjid cleric, wife

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has granted a petitioner one-week time to remove registrar office’s objections to his petition for registration of FIR against Lal Masjid cleric and his wife. The petitioner Muhammad Jibran has moved the court against a civil court’s order that set aside his petition seeking case registration against Lal Masjid cleric and his wife for seeking Daesh support in the country.
The petition was filed in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for registration of FIR against Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz and his wife for ‘seeking Daesh support and to enforce Sharia in the country.
Jibran had earlier lodgd a complaint with the Aabpara Police Station for the same, however, when the police stations refused to entertain his application, he resorted to a local court, that too turned down his plea. Now he has filed a petition in the IHC challenging the local court’s order and seeking directions by the court to register FIR against Lal Masjid cleric and his wife. According to the petition, Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Aziz, his wife Umme Hassan and students of Jamia Hafsa in a video message and on a number of occasions, have sought Daesh support in Pakistan and called upon the terrorist organization to avenge death of Osama bin Laden and operation against Lal Masjid in 2007.
Seeking Daesh intervention in Pakistan is a crime against the state as well as the constitution of Pakistan and amounts to sedition, submits the petitioner, Muhammad Jibran. Earlier, another petitioner Syed Khurram, a resident of Karachi had also filed a petition in the IHC through his lawyer arguing that Ume Hassan the Principal of the Jamia Hafsa and her husband should be booked for endorsing a video clip that invites Daesh to ‘intervene’ and free the country of an ‘un-Islamic’ government.
The female students of the Jamia Hafsa in a video clip that was later uploaded on the social media have sought this help from their Islamic State or Daesh brothers. The petitioner Syed Khurram has held in his plea that Abdul Aziz and his wife have on a number of occasions have endorsed the video saying they feel no regret for issuing such an SOS message.
This act of the Lal Masjid cleric and his wife falls under ‘facilitating’ terrorists and supporting terrorism and state should register an FIR against them under Article 5 of the constitution. In his petition the applicant has nominated Interior Secretary, Law & Justice Secretary, Defence Secretary, DG ISI, DG Pakistan Rangers, Chief Commissioner, IG Police, SSP Islamabad and SHO Aabpara as respondents.
However, on Monday, when the court took up the case, it was told that registrar office had raised objection on the petition that the petitioner is not directly affected by any act of the respondents. When the court drew the counsel’s attention to this fact, his counsel sought time to which the court agreed and adjourned the case until April 25.
It may be mentioned that the Abdul Aziz in his statements has made it clear that he respect Daesh or Islamic State (IS) because of similarity in their missions and has no repentance over supporting IS. “Though we have no direct link with the leadership of the IS, we have deliberated on this issue and decided to promote the mission and message of Daesh (IS),” says the Lal Masjid cleric.

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