Petitioner seeks registration of FIR against Lal Masjid cleric, wife

Lower court’s decision challenged in IHC

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—A petitioner has challenged the lower court’s decision of setting aside his plea for registration of an FIR against Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz and his wife in the Police Station Aabpara and moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking its directions for the SHO Aabpara for the same. 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 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, Muhammad 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.
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.
It may be mentioned that the Abdul Aziz in his statements has made it clear that he respect 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.
Commenting on the video released by the Jamia Hafsa students declaring their support for IS and its chief Abu Bakar al Baghdadi, the cleric has kept saying the female students of Jamia Hafsa had prepared the video with his consent and they did not commit a crime by doing so. In the fresh petition, Jibran has also taken a similar stance calling upon the court to set aside the lower court’s decision and direct the police to register a case against Lal Masjid cleric and his spouse.

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