Govt says Lal Masjid, Jamia Hafsa posing no threat

Hearing into ‘Seeking Daesh support by LM’

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—A joint secretary of the Ministry of Interior has submitted before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that government is facing threat neither from Lal Masjid’s cleric Abdul Aziz nor from the female students of Jamia Hafsa, Lal Masjid’s associated seminary.
Muhammad Salman, Joint Secretary of the Interior Ministry made this statement before single-judge bench comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani here on Thursday in the hearing of a petition filed by social activist Jibran Nasir. Nasir has challenged the lower court’s decision of setting aside his plea for registration of FIR against Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz and his wife for seeking Daesh support in Pakistan.
He filed the appeal against the lower court’s decision in March this year and responding to his plea, the IHC sought the Interior Ministry’s opinion. Joint Secretary on behalf of the Interior Ministry informed the IHC that Jamia Hafsa or Lal Masjid were no the organizations or the outfits the government considered of any threat. However, when the court asked him to submit a written statement what he was saying, he said he would submit the written statement after consulting his ministry.
The court thus directing him to submit a written statement in this regard adjourned hearing until June 23. According to the petitioner, Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Aziz, his wife Umme Hassan and students of Jamia Hafsa in a video message and on a number of occasions, had 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 the constitution of Pakistan and amounts to sedition, submits the petitioner, Jibran. Jibran had earlier lodged a complaint with the Police Station Aabpara for registration of the same. However, on March 9, 2016 the court turned down his plea. Upon failing to get the FIR registered, he has now moved his application in the IHC and urges the court to set aside the lower court’s orders.
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 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.

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