Lal Masjid cleric files petition against police ‘harassment’

Published December 14, 2014
Maulana Abdul Aziz, left, head cleric of a seminary, speaks with a visitor in a library named after slain Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Islamabad, Pakistan. - AP/File
Maulana Abdul Aziz, left, head cleric of a seminary, speaks with a visitor in a library named after slain Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Islamabad, Pakistan. - AP/File

ISLAMABAD: A cleric of Lal Masjid on Saturday filed a petition with Islamabad High Court (IHC) against alleged police harassment.

The petitioner, Ihtashamul Haq, one of the trustees of Lal Masjid Shuhada Foundation, in the petition claimed that following the release of a video message by students of Jamia Hafsa, the capital police have started harassing him.

In the video message, students expressed their support to the militants of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The petition, filed through advocate Tariq Asad, contended that despite a clarification by Mr Haq that the foundation had nothing to do with the video message, the local police had issued his detention order.

It said the petitioner was a law abiding citizen and had also been pursuing the murder case of cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi in which former president retired General Pervez Musharraf was an accused.

The petition claimed that the government had issued detention orders of Haq as it wants to sabotage the proceedings of that case.

The petition requested the court to restrain the local police from harassing the petitioner and other members of the Shuhada Foundation.

Published in Dawn, December 14th, 2014

Opinion

Editorial

Iran’s counterstrike
Updated 15 Apr, 2024

Iran’s counterstrike

Israel, by attacking Iran’s diplomatic facilities and violating Syrian airspace, is largely responsible for this dangerous situation.
Opposition alliance
15 Apr, 2024

Opposition alliance

AFTER the customary Ramazan interlude, political activity has resumed as usual. A ‘grand’ opposition alliance ...
On the margins
15 Apr, 2024

On the margins

IT appears that we are bent upon taking the majoritarian path. Thus, the promise of respect and equality for the...
Noshki killings
Updated 14 Apr, 2024

Noshki killings

It must be asked why Baloch separatists continue to target civilians as well as security men despite large deployment.
Upholding the law
14 Apr, 2024

Upholding the law

THE recent discord in Bahawalnagar offers a chance to reflect on the sanctity of the law and its enforcement across...
Tragic travels
14 Apr, 2024

Tragic travels

FOR those embarking on road and boat journeys, the probability of fatal accidents has seen a steady rise. The recent...