Lal Masjid’s expansionism, militant links alarms agencies: report

Security agencies have warned the government that the resurgence of Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Aziz poses a security threat to the law and order situation in the capital due to his links with known militant groups, a report in the local media said on Sunday.

They also stressed the need for a check on the growing number of madrassas in Rawalpindi and Islamabad who also have overt and covert links with militant groups.

A report titled ‘Activities of Maulana Abdul Aziz’, forwarded to the Interior Ministry by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), says that the “Lal Masjid mafia” has links with militant groups and land grabbers and is currently reorganising the Ghazi Force militant group spawned by his own followers after the Lal Masjid operation.

“Activities of Maulana Abdul Aziz and Lal Masjid administration, if not checked / contained can subsequently create [a] serious law and order situation in [the] twin cities,” the report said.

The report highlights the links between the Taliban and the Lal Masjid cleric, stressing the importance of the Taliban choosing Abdul Aziz as a representative on the committee formed to negotiate with the government on their behalf.

 

The report names “notorious land grabber” Taji Khokhar as someone who has been arranging land for the construction of seminaries, funded by the Lal Masjid administration, and also assists them with their court cases. The report also names property tycoon Malik Riaz and former MNA Shah Abdul Aziz of Karak as the controversial cleric’s “sympathizers”.

The report says that Riaz is “financially supporting the [seminaries] of Abdul Aziz for payment of utility bills and supported the cleric in building a mosque in Bahria Town that has been renamed Jami Hafsa.

The former MNA Shah Abdul Aziz was arrested in 2009 for allegedly helping a Taliban militant escape from Islamabad. The man was said to be hiding in Maulana Abdul Aziz’s G-6 residence.

‘Lal Masjid mafia’

The report points out that a small all-girls seminary – the Jamia Syeda Summaya in Sector G-7/3 – is managed by the Lal Masjid administration and has already been renamed ‘Jamia Hafsa’. “They are reportedly planning to grab Al-Falah Mosque, located adjacent to this seminary, as the management of Al-Falah Mosque has resisted and filed a case against them in court.” Abdul Aziz is currently residing in the same Jamia Hafsa.

Similarly, the report refers to the construction of another Jamia Hafsa branch in the Mal Pur village, against the wishes of local residents.

Return of the cleric

On Friday, Abdul Aziz returned to lead the Friday congregation at the Lal Masjid and delivered a sermon demanding implementation of Sharia in the country.

With a heavy contingent of police and rangers personnel posted outside, Abdul Aziz presented a charter of demands, calling for the implementation of Sharia law in the country, the establishment of a strong committee of senior clerics to ‘Islamise’ existing laws of country and abolish traditions which, according to him, were un-Islamic.



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5 Comments

  1. Azher said:

    Musharraf discovered this back in 2007. Yet he is now on trial for lal masjid massacre and the actual grim reaper macabre maulana is free to re build his terror network. Great! This is the country we live in.

  2. Abdul Qudus said:

    This news is a disgrace for Pakistan. How this thug is getting this coverage? Do we have clowns wearing ftigues, or there are some real soldiers with a few good commanding officers ?

    • Shan said:

      There are lots of good soldiers with good commanding officers, this Wahabis days are numbered he will go worse than his brother jahnumi Abdul Rasheed!

  3. Eddied said:

    I assume the government is waiting till the time is right…this fanatic terrorist leader will be a prime candidate for the new military courts that will remove the terrorist from Pakistan…

  4. Dr.M.M.Khan said:

    This man has become the face of resistance to the democratic state of pakistan. His sympathies lie with TTP. He does not preach peace. If the Govt. cannot replace him the civil society can do it by bycotting him.

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