Pro-Daesh (IS) Lal Mosque Cleric Abdul Aziz Holds Rally in Islamabad
ISLAMABAD: Security was beefed up with police and Rangers deployed in the surrouding areas of Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa Islamabad to cater to the rally announced by cleric Abdul Aziz.
Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Aziz announced the rally in an earlier press release to mark the initiation of a movement towards enforcement of a system based on the Holy Quran and Sunnah after Friday prayers today.
The rally, led by Aziz and Umme Hassan and comprising seminary students took off from Lal Masjid in Islamabad's G-6 Sector and ended at the Jamia Hafsa in Sector G-7 of Islamabad.
Those attending the rally shouted anti-government slogans in favour of Maulana Abdul Aziz. They also demanded the enforcement of a system based on the Quran and Sunnah.
Umme Hassan is the head of the Jamia Hafsa seminary and wife of Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz.
They both have been reported to have pledged allegiance to the proscribed Daesh "Islamic State".
Earlier in April 2007, Lal Masjid clerics had vowed to enforce what they called ‘Shariat’ (Islamic system) in the country against all odds. The Lal Masjid administration had also threatened to unleash a wave of suicide bombers if the government took any action to counter it.
The announcement was followed by agitation which erupted into street battles around the mosque between security forces and militants. At least nine people died and some 150 were injured.
Security forces had then laid siege to the mosque, later demanding an unconditional surrender and the release of alleged hostages held inside. Aziz was arrested sneaking out of the mosque dressed in a burqa.
Later in December 2014, a First Information Report (FIR) was also registered against Maulana Abdul Aziz at Islamabad's Aabpara Police Station upon unremitting pressure exerted from protesting civil society.
Maulana Abdul Aziz refused to condemn the massacre of students and teachers in Army Public School Peshawar on December 16, 2014, claiming it a rightful reaction.
Civil society was responding to a statement by Maulana Abdul Aziz in which he refused to condemn the massacre of students and teachers in a terrorist attack on an army-run school in Peshawar on December 16, 2014.
Security agencies, in January 2015, had also warned the government that due to his links with known militant groups and his anti-government rhetoric, the resurgence of Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Aziz posed a security threat to the law and order situation in the capital.
Jamia Hafsa Students invited self-styled Islamic State (IS) chief Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi to ‘avenge’ the 2007 military raid on Lal Masjid.
The warning came after a video message by students of Jamia Hafsa, in which they had invited the self-styled Islamic State (IS) chief Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi to ‘avenge’ the 2007 military raid on Lal Masjid. A report by the Islamabad police, sent to the interior ministry had termed the invitation as “waging war” against the state.
Recently in September 2015, two sons of deceased Lal Masjid cleric Ghazi Abdul Rasheed, Haris and Haroon were arrested from Islamabad's F-6 sector by a joint team of Police and Rangers, who were patrolling the area at the time.
An army uniform and a handgun were seized from their vehicle. A First Information Report (FIR) was lodged against the 'terrorists' for the possession of a weapon at the Kohsar police station.
The National Action Plan was devised to eliminate terrorism from the country, in the aftermath of the Peshawar tragedy. Similarly the Necta was also constituted to fight terrorism. It was revised in the wake of a deadliest terrorist attack on the Army Public School.
A consolidated report on NAP implementation, prepared by the interior ministry after its conception, showed it as vague at best and raised more questions than it answers.
Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja termed NAP as "a joke"
Later in July this year Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja had also termed NAP as "a joke" and lambasted the government over its inaction over the issue.
Joke or not Pakistan has to learn from its mistake and nip threates in the bud then to nuture it waiting an unfruitful event.
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