A local court on Friday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for the Lal Masjid cleric, Maulana Abdul Aziz, in a case filed by members of civil society. Senior Civil Judge Saqib Jawad issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Aziz after conducting a hearing of the case. Reacting to the arrest warrants immediately, the spokesman for the Lal Masjid Shuhada Foundation Hafiz Ehtisham stated that Maulana Aziz would resist the arrest.
He maintained that arrest warrants should have been issued for political leaders in various cases such as the Model Town tragedy and an attack on the PTV, but no arrest in these cases has so far been made.
While hearing the case, the investigating police officer requested the court for issuance of arrest warrants for Maulana Aziz following the registration of First Information Report (FIR) against the cleric.
Accepting the investigation officer’s request, the Judge ordered issuance of arrest warrants, which allow the police to initiate legal proceedings and arrest Aziz for further investigation.
According to the details, protests were held in front of the mosque and Maulana reportedly threatened the protesters. As a result, cases were registered against both the parties.
Human rights activists protesting outside the Lal Masjid demanded of the police to include clauses of Anti-Terrorism Act in the FIR and arrest the cleric by December 24 for instigating the public outrage. “If the ATA sections are not included in the FIR and the cleric is not arrested by 5pm on Friday, then we will announce on next line of action,” the activists informed the media.
Sections which have been demanded by the civil society to be made part of an FIR disallow the Maulana to get bail before arrest. The non-bailable FIR was registered under section 506 (2) of the Pakistan Penal Code which states punishment for criminal intimidation or threats.
Following a deadly attack on Army Public School in Peshawar, civil society activists gathered outside the capital’s Lal Masjid last week to protest against a statement given by the cleric, in which he refused to condemn the gory massacre of schoolchildren.
SOURCE; RECORDER REPORT