Islamabad police sides with takfiri Lal Masjid cleric by anti-protestors FIR

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Pakistan
Friday, 19 December 2014

Station House Officer (SHO) at Aabpara Police Station Abdul Rehman confirmed that an FIR had been registered against participants of the protest outside Lal Masjid for its pro-Taliban stance.
“The protesters violated Section 144, they blocked the road and delivered hate speech against the administration of the mosque,” he said.He added that the FIR had been registered on the request of the mosque administration.

A civil society activist, Ahmad Ali, said he is not aware of an FIR having been registered but knows that the mosque management is very powerful and will not tolerate this challenge to its writ by the civil society.
He said that Deobandi takfiri cleric Abdul Aziz refused to condemn the massacre of minor students of Peshawar. He said Abdul Aziz refused to call the students, killed by Taliban, as ‘martyrs’.
“As this mosque is where the statement came from, we decided to hold the vigil here,” he said.
He said a funeral prayer in absentia was planned to be offered on the road in front of the mosque but no cleric agreed to lead the prayer. “People are afraid of challenging the mosque management. It is heartening to see such a large number of people coming here to participate in the vigil,” he said.
At around 6pm people began arriving at the mosque. They lit candles on one side of the road, wrote names of the students killed in Peshawar on a board and began shouting slogans against the chief cleric.
A staff member came out of the mosque and warned protesters that any further chanting will not be tolerated by the management. Police in riot gear also arrived at the scene and asked the protesters to disperse.
A police official said that Lal Masjid is considered a sensitive place and upon receiving information about the planned protest police anticipated a clash.
“We tried to find the organiser who had announced the event on social media to ask him to cancel the event but we were not able to find him. People began arriving at the announced time so we deputed police personnel at the mosque,” the police official said.
Jibran Nasir, one of the organisers of the protest, said that he was a resident of Karachi and was in Islamabad when he heard of the statement made by Deobandi-Wahhabi takfiri cleric Abdul Aziz and decided to organise the candlelight vigil in response.
“I learnt that police were looking for me and after the vigil they tried to arrest me. Photographers who appeared to be associated with Lal Masjid also took pictures of me. However, I am considering holding the vigil at the same place again tomorrow,” he said. The organiser said he will hold the vigil for the next one week, after which it will be held every Tuesday night.
The participants of the vigil included Senator Farhatullah Babar.
He said: “The vigil is an expression of solidarity with the families of the victims and a vow to fight religious extremism and militancy. It also dramatises a stark reality-while the army chief is in Kabul with proof of Maulvi Fazlullah’s complicity, clerics in the capital have the audacity to declare allegiance to that very man. The battle lines could not be clearer, more melodramatic,” he said.

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