Lal Masjid cleric acquitted in all cases

Published Sep 24, 2013 07:23am
Maulana Wajihullah advocate, counsel of Maulana Aziz (above), after the cleric’s acquittal told Dawn that former president General (retired) Pervez Musharraf had forced the police to register fake cases against the cleric and his family members. 

He said Maulana Aziz and his family members had now been acquitted from all fake cases but Gen Musharraf himself was still facing trials.— File Photo
Maulana Wajihullah advocate, counsel of Maulana Aziz (above), after the cleric’s acquittal told Dawn that former president General (retired) Pervez Musharraf had forced the police to register fake cases against the cleric and his family members. He said Maulana Aziz and his family members had now been acquitted from all fake cases but Gen Musharraf himself was still facing trials.— File Photo

ISLAMABAD, Sept 23: Maulana Abdul Aziz, the chief cleric of Lal Masjid, was acquitted from his last case on Monday by a judicial magistrate of Islamabad, Mohammad Naveed Khan.

Since 2001, 27 different cases had been registered against Maulana Aziz, and the last one was registered on April 1, 2007 by the Kohsar police.

The first of the 27 cases against Maulana Abdul Aziz and his associates was registered on September 28, 2001, for delivering fiery speeches.

Between 2001 and 2005, the police registered 10 cases of which five were registered under different sections of the Anti Terrorism Act 1997.

The remaining five were withdrawn before 2007.

However, 22 cases were later registered against the cleric between January and July, 2007.

The last case registered against the cleric stated that he had threatened shopkeepers of Aabpara and Jinnah Super for selling movies containing indecent content.

In this regard, the prosecution produced 60 witnesses against Maulana Aziz.

However, when the relevant witnesses, including the shopkeepers, were produced before the court, they disowned the prosecution’s story and claimed that Maulana Aziz had never threatened them or visited their shops.

Maulana Wajihullah advocate, counsel of Maulana Aziz, after the cleric’s acquittal told Dawn that former president General (retired) Pervez Musharraf had forced the police to register fake cases against the cleric and his family members.

He said Maulana Aziz and his family members had now been acquitted from all fake cases but Gen Musharraf himself was still facing trials.

Investigation against Musharraf ‘influenced’

Meanwhile, Haroon Rasheed, the son of Lal Masjid cleric Ghazi Abdul Rasheed, has filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court against police officers who had refused to join an investigation team (JIT) to probe his father’s murder.

The JIT had been constituted to probe former president General (retired) Pervez Musharraf in connection with the murder of Ghazi Rasheed during the 2007 Lal Masjid operation.

Previously, Haroon Rasheed had filed a petition seeking the registration of a case against Mr Musharraf. Subsequently, Islamabad High Court Justice Noorul Haq Qureshi, on July 12, 2013, accepted his plea and ordered for the registration of an FIR against the former president.

Tariq Asad, counsel of Rasheed, said in the petition filed on Monday that two senior police officers – DIG Khalid Khattak and Superintendent of Police (SP) Jameel Ahmad Hashmi – had refused to join the JIT because their family members were being harassed ever since the join an investigation team was constituted.

The petition stated that that if senior officers of police were feeling insecure, it would be impossible to ensure an impartial investigation in the said case.

Furthermore, it also expressed apprehension that Mr Musharraf might have hired foreign agencies for his rescue, and was using these to influence the investigation.

Therefore, the counsel requested the court to direct authorities of the interior ministry and Islamabad police to coordinate with the Pakistani intelligence agencies and determine the forces which had made the police helpless.


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Amjad Wyne
Sep 24, 2013 07:58am

The mosque was a weapons center- Shame on Pakistan's justice system. Aziz should have been held responsible for all those that were killed either inside the mosque or outside.

HM
Sep 24, 2013 08:09am

What a justice??? Kangaroo courts... People who were holed in masjid with arms and ammunition are acquitted???

malik
Sep 24, 2013 08:05am

Let em all go. What else can the courts and govt. do?

Usman
Sep 24, 2013 08:27am

This is beyond a joke. This radical cleric is responsible for taking women and children hostage and killing our SSG soldiers. Our courts should be ashamed of themselves.

bangash
Sep 24, 2013 08:30am

The crimes of the Lal Masjid gang and the threats hurled by Auntie Aziz were broadcast in front of the whole world. What a joke of a country Pakistan has been reduced to.

GAUTAM
Sep 24, 2013 08:45am

Pakistan become a joke

Ali
Sep 24, 2013 09:20am

In Pakistan, i think we don't have any law culprits gets free and innocent stays in jail, everyone who remembers the incident must understand that Islam teaches us tolerance, compassion and much more.

But some clerics use their version of interpretation from QURAN and misguide naive people in the name of ALLAH.

ALLAH will take care of them as our LAW (Lets Avenge Weak ) is not transparent.

Tariq
Sep 24, 2013 09:20am

What???? There is live footage (Which number of us watched during the siege) clearly showing shots being fired from the mosque killing Army captain resulting in Army's action. And then we let all these criminals go on the name of justice. Our system is rotten to the roots.

atts
Sep 24, 2013 09:29am

Andher nagri chaupat raja - Dark is the nation and insane the king

dhotiwala
Sep 24, 2013 09:32am

wow This monster is acquitted in all cases as all witnesses were scared to death and were warned of consequences, example of true Islamic justice that this Mulla preach beside giving training to his students how to run in wearing Barqa :))

Ali
Sep 24, 2013 09:38am

Pakistan ka Khuda hi Hafiz, jahan Islam kay naam par terrorism karnay walay azaad ghoom rahay hain is jaali molana ki tarah jis nay riyasat kay andar aik riyasat bana kar Islam ka naam baich kar kitnay jawan bachon ko shaheed karwaya aur burqa pehen kar khud bhaag raha tha sala jaali mullah beyghairat. Is ki masjid say firing hui jis say armay kay jawan shaheed huay sab say pehlay. Is nay Pakistan ki hukumat kay khilaaf baghawat kari aur apni biwi aur bacheyon ko aagay khara kar deya marnay kay liyay....salay jaali harami mulla....sazay maut kay haqdaar hain yeh bayghairat! Musharraf nay in ko bohot time deya lekin yeh baaz na aa'ay apnay ochay hathkandon say...darhi rakh kar samajhtay hain puri awam ko baywaqoof bana lein gay salay ghatya log. Upar say humari jahil awam jo Islam kay naam par dhoka khati chali aa rahi hai...in bayghairaton ko sirif naam aur paisay say matlab hai, Islam wislam say nahi.....Allah karay kuttay ki maut marein yeh saray !

Khan
Sep 24, 2013 09:48am

Terrorist are freed by courts and President Musharraf is imprisoned by court for taking action against son of the soil terrorists.

muzammil ullah khan
Sep 24, 2013 09:45am

What can one say about the justice system in Pakistan ! Children's library was burnt down on this burqa wearing cleric . His madrasa harbored terrorists and criminals . He instigated rebellion against the state . The judges seem to have ignored all this and have set this man free . This is no justice . It just shows that we have become morally bankrupt .

Gogi Machhera
Sep 24, 2013 10:19am

What next? Return them all their confiscated weapons and ammunition too? Looks like rule of law in the country has been restored. RIP Pakistan

Optimistic
Sep 24, 2013 10:35am

Yaar wo Burqey waley masley mein he phansa detey isko ...

Free Man
Sep 24, 2013 10:40am

In other words, he is free to produce more bombers. Isn't he the same guy who escaped in Burqa while his younger bro was fighting our military and got killed? Mr. Musharraf made a huge mistake when he let go this prick!!!

N K Ali
Sep 24, 2013 10:53am

This is what is called "Mullanic Hypnotism." The judges, attorneys, and police have all been put under a charm by the mullah. With his bucolic logic who needs education, economics, computers, micro-electronics, the armed forces, among others to operate a country. Salams

Usman Khan
Sep 24, 2013 11:24am

How come court acquitted from these cases when all over Pakistan it was watch by millions of people that students from Madrassa harassed the Abpara shop keepers and they have given interviews on TV channels to implement sharia law with battens.

Duke
Sep 24, 2013 11:32am

Why am I not surprised? The innocent get killed and the devils roam free such is my Pakistan.

Aamir
Sep 24, 2013 11:43am

Pakistan ka Allah he hafiz :/

Naveed
Sep 24, 2013 11:39am

We happen to be generous in giving clean chits to those capable to hit back. Whole nation eye witnessed their brutality and unacceptability of Islamic social culture , self proclaimed and fake religious scholars. Such scholars are born to deceive and propagate differences in Islamic community.

Idealist
Sep 24, 2013 11:57am

Now this shows our Judiciary's Islamist mindset , Not a single terrorist has been convicted, how can anyone expect law enforcement agencies to counter these extremists, unfortunately they will come out Ba-Izzat Bari from our courts and take their vengeance against officers involved in arresting these barbarian. Good Luck Jinnah's Pakistan.

Goga Nalaik
Sep 24, 2013 11:59am

It is disgusting to see this hate monger molvi acquitted from all charges.

CJ is certainly one of hidden commanders of the taliban.

Haider
Sep 24, 2013 12:28pm

You put the nation's hero, a true soldier and an honest leader of the country behind bars and unleash the animals! Shame on the justice system of Pakistan

Ammar
Sep 24, 2013 12:35pm

This is preposterous. I was in Islamabad when this incident happened. How can this man be acquitted of the crimes that actually led to loss of lives of many innocent people? He brainwashed women and children...conspired to kill police and army personnel, incited hate, gave orders to terrorise the city through abductions and violence and in the end tried to flee wearing women's clothes...this man deserves to be punished. He is an embarrassment to our nation.

the among the top tier of the terrorists

Khalid
Sep 24, 2013 12:50pm

Another one freed. Is he the same man who wore a burqa to run away from lal masjid?

muhammad
Sep 24, 2013 12:53pm

And what about the officers murdered during the Lal Masjid operation and the "fassad fil araz" created by the lal masjid people?

Akram
Sep 24, 2013 01:12pm

It is cowardice of the highest degree that people have been intimidated by this mullah. After his previous antics he should be executed.

Shahzad
Sep 24, 2013 01:47pm

The wisdom of justice has become itself a mockery. The court are inviting them to do the same adventure in future. The nation is in chaos. Instead of stopping them they have acquitted in all cases. I am sure the Govt. has not prosecuted it well because of enmity and envious it has for Musharraf regime that only shows the failure of state. I thing the lesson is not well learnt.

Imtiaz
Sep 24, 2013 01:56pm

He is looking like another terrorist.

Parvez
Sep 24, 2013 02:13pm

.........and then we wonder as to why churches are being blow up and Shia's, Ahmedi's, Christians, Hazaras and Hindu's are being killed.

ali ahmed
Sep 24, 2013 02:32pm

judicial system..pakistani style....no don't blame terrorist

raza
Sep 24, 2013 02:32pm

@Ammar: Freeing top TTP leaders and the DI Khan incident indicates where this new government is taking us!!

fiaz
Sep 24, 2013 02:39pm

There goes another criminal free, 40,000 people killed, killers are going free one by one.

r.s.soni
Sep 24, 2013 02:41pm

sir, funny case! the person challenged the writ of the state, he is exonerated honourably.in this way terrorism in pakistan will prosper. by leaps and bounds

AYAZ
Sep 24, 2013 02:48pm

Why am I not surprised? This yet another miracle of our justice (judiciary system). How can a terrorist be accquitted of all cases, when the Lal Masjed incident was being watched live by everyone by the minute? Instead of hanging this terrorist who is responsible for all of the carnage, he is being honored with accquittals.

This tells us a lot, why Pakistan is the hub for terrorists both home grown and imported ones. Over the past years they grown in numbers to the extend they are being exported abroad as mercineries spreading their terrorism all over the world.

Poor Pakistanis, when they will wake up and decide to face this menace which worse than the worst of disasters and plagues.

Asgher
Sep 24, 2013 02:47pm

what a shame!!! This filthy person was behind all the crap that went down in lal masjid in the name of islam and today you say he is clean????what a joke!

This is a direct insult to the LT Col Haroon Ul Islam- SSG who was martyred during that operation of so called masjid and madarsa where these monsters were breading animals.

Shame Shame on Our Judicial system and politics. Just to trap Pervez Musharraf you did a filthy thing today.

Shahan
Sep 24, 2013 02:49pm

Its not only sad but also frightening to see what is happening in Pakistan these days. terrorists are being released openly, criminals are being acquitted. We want the complete removal of current judges and govt in pakistan. We are not heading towards prosperity...we are heading for a disaster and will make it a mess for rest of the world!

Usman
Sep 24, 2013 02:56pm

Yeah sure, if every other terrorist and anarchist is free to kill and terrorise then let there be another one. He should probably be given Nishan-e-Haider at the same time.

Never mind the dead of Pak army and the students under his care. Never mind the caches of weapons and explosives inside his mosque. And never mind kidnapping, hostage taking, and live firing of his men while wearing gas masks on national TV. He is innocent and free to do all that all over again.

Next time round he will be "stakeholder".

Dr Mazhar
Sep 24, 2013 02:58pm

How will we fight against terrorism while our courts support terrorists.

chunky
Sep 24, 2013 03:40pm

@Khalid: yes he is.

ali ahmed
Sep 24, 2013 04:53pm

A black day in the history of Pakistan. This mullah held capital hostage for so many days that resulted in blood bath. He and his brother tried to enforce his brand of shariah using girls carrying rods and daggers under the pretext of closing brothel and massage parlors. If he can be acquitted than the guy who held the capital hostage by totting arms with his family must also be acquitted. God save this country!

toocool
Sep 24, 2013 05:09pm

.the judges need to be punished for being scared....

Kaleem
Sep 24, 2013 08:05pm

@Ammar: Its courtesy so called Judiciary which is not judicious....

Akil Akhtar
Sep 25, 2013 04:00am

What are we doing with this country, judiciary included

peace
Sep 25, 2013 04:43pm

mullah brother is already out , ofcourse he needs all people in his group back and all the people sharing his mindset back to work on his agenda. chief justice has to work before his term is over. One very brilliant idea to save all peaceful people in pakisan = they should be behind the bars where they can get security and food . let's stop wasting time and money finding the criminals and for even more trouble putting them behind the bars .This is not really the best way in Pakistan , to ensure the safety of peaceful citizens .

Chand
Sep 26, 2013 11:40pm

C'mon guys! Judiciary is being gallant . How can they be hard on burkhewali?

Ali Salman
Sep 27, 2013 03:19am

@Ammar: Are you surprised ?? Every one has a price, Its a shame our judges and lawyers are professionally incompetent and mentally deranged. They collectively have eroded any semblance of justice. Period.