The Islamabad Police have booked former Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz and six others for “disobeying a government order, spreading fear and inciting people against the state”.
The case was registered with the Aabpara police station on a complaint lodged by Station House Officer (SHO) Inspector Mohammad Walayat against Aziz and six others under section 505(b) (with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public or to any section of the public whereby any person may be induced to commit an offense against the state or against the public tranquility) and 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).
According to the police, Maulana Aziz had gathered people at the mosque for Friday prayer despite a ban on prayer congregations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. They said that he provoked the people against the state.
Officials deployed around Lal Masjid informed the mosque’s management of the ban on prayer congregations and the misuse of loudspeakers, but they ignored them. They said that around 400 people had gathered at the mosque.
Reportedly, no arrests have been made in the case so far.
According to officials, the administration and police were lenient towards khateebs and imams who disobeyed the order issued by the administration.