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|Maulana Abdul Aziz booked for leading Friday prayers despite ban|
|Standoff between Maulana Aziz, officials|
Like during the previous two governments, Maulana Aziz is testing the nerves of the government by occupying the state-owned mosque for the past two weeks and reiterating his claim to be its prayer leader.
The standoff continued on Saturday, with the Maulana remaining holed up inside the mosque along with several female students. Police have cordoned off the area by placing barriers and barbed wires on the roads around the mosque.
With no solution in sight, both sides appeared to have adopted a strict posture, possibly to mount pressure on each other. The Islamabad assistant commissioner (AC) City was present outside the mosque today and discouraged interaction between police and the supporters of Maulana Aziz who continued to arrive at the site the whole day in a bid to cross the barricades.
|Multan court rejects request by Qandeel Baloch's parents to pardon her killers|
|[DAWN] A trial court in on Thursday rejected a request by the parents of slain social media star Qandeel Baloch to pardon her brothers, who are accused of killing her.|
Baloch's brother Waseem had strangled her to death in the name of "honour" at their house in 2016. He later confessed to have killed her because she allegedly "brought dishonour to the Baloch name" with her risque videos and statements posted on social media. Her brother Aslam Shaheen was also nominated in the case.
The social media celebrity's parents, Muhammad Azeem and Anwar Bibi, had on Wednesday submitted an affidavit in the local trial court, saying they had forgiven the killers and the case against their sons should be thrown out.
They had argued that since the Anti-Honour Killing Laws (Criminal Amendment Bill), 2015 ‐ which bars pardoning killers in such cases ‐ was passed several months after the murder of their daughter, it could not be applied in this case. They had also denied the allegation that Baloch was killed for the sake of honour.
As the affidavit was taken up by the model court today, Baloch's parents informed District and Sessions Judge Imran Shafi that they had forgiven their sons "in the name of Allah".
The judge asked them whether they were only pardoning their sons and not all the accused in the murder case, to which the parents responded in affirmative.
Judge Shafi informed them that he would decide their request after examining whether law grants them the right to pardon the killers or not.
"Do you realise what impact your pardon will have on the other accused in the case?" the judge went on to ask, addressing Baloch's parents.
The court later dismissed Baloch's parents' application to pardon their sons, with the judge saying the case regarding murder in the name of 'honour' would be decided once the testimonies of all witnesses have been recorded.
The accused in the case, including Mufti Abdul Qavi, were present in the hearing today. After Qavi informed the court that he leads prayers in Jhang on Fridays, the court adjourned the hearing of the case until August 24, when the statements of more witnesses will be recorded.
In January 2017, the Muzaffarabad (Multan) police had lodged a First Information Report under Section 213 of the Pakistain Penal Code against Baloch's parents on the complaint of assistant sub-inspector Allah Ditta, the investigation officer, in which it was stated that Baloch's parents recorded their statements in court on Jan 19 and a few days later, on Jan 25, they submitted an affidavit. He said they had retracted their earlier statement against their elder son Aslam and there was a likelihood that they would do so in the case of the main accused Waseem, Baloch's younger brother, as well.
The IO further stated that he had seen Baloch's parents receiving an envelope (allegedly containing cash) from Aslam Shaheen outside the court. Aslam was quoted as saying at the time: "I have fulfilled their demand. Now they should record their statement in the court in my favour."
|Madressahs body asks govt to stop data collection of students|
|[DAWN] Ittehad Tanzeemat-e-Madaris Pakistain (ITMP) has declined to share data of religious seminaries with personnel of any law enforcement agency and warned to announce a protest movement in case the process of data collection is not stopped forthwith.|
Lil' Martyrs For Allan™
This was announced by ITMP provincial representatives, including Maulana Hussain Ahmed, Dr Attaur Rehman, Mufti Fazal Jamil Rizvi, Allama Nazir Hussain Mathhari, and Mufti Sirajul Hassan, while addressing a here on Friday.
Sharing details of the agreement signed between the ITMP and government on May 6, 2019, they accused the federal government of failing to set up regional centres for registration of the religious seminaries with ministry of federal education and professional training. They asked for early implementation of the decision to avoid any possible complication.
They said as per the agreement both the parties, the education ministry and heads of religious boards/seminaries, had decided registration of all 30,000 seminaries operating in the country, but the government was yet to fulfill its responsibilities.
The government, they said had assured to facilitate the seminaries in getting registered with vocational training institutions so that their students could acquire vocational/technical education as well. We expected that government will fulfill its promises to provide all necessary patronage to seminaries so that our students could also get maximum chances to get contemporary education besides religious education but no such steps were taken so far, they said.
The ITMP leaders said instead of materialising the agreement the personnel of various law enforcement agencies had started collecting details regarding the students and teachers, saying that visiting the female seminaries and that also at night was not only violation of the agreement but intolerable for ITMP.
Only Madrassah heads can do that, for individual, "hands on" instruction
They said the ITMP was a joint organization of five boards of religious seminaries which was fully determined to work as per the agreement and urged the government to set up the promised regional centres so that the process of seminaries’ registration could be started forthwith.
The ITMP representatives said they were ready to share data of students of all Madaris to ministry of education as per agreement, but won’t allow sharing data, especially of female students, to s and other organizations.
|Lal Masjid’s khateeb removed, Maulana Aziz’s entry banned for three months|
|[DAWN] The capital administration has removed the khateeb of and imposed a three-month ban on the entry of former khateeb in the mosque.|
The decision was taken after a meeting between Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat and Ulema, including Mufti Raees Ayubi from Azad and Qazi Nisar from Gilgit-Baltistan.
Former administration of , including Maulana Abdul Aziz’s wife Umme Hassam, along with 80 students came to Lal Masjid after a plot allotted to the seminary was cancelled.
They started living in eight rooms on the premises of the mosque adjacent to the weekly bazaar and commenced educational activities, said officials. The DC requested the Ulema at the meeting held on Monday to play their role in getting the rooms vacated.
The Ulema played the role of mediators between the capital administration and the former administration of the mosque.
It was decided that teachers and students of Jamia Hafsa would continue their educational activities in Lal Masjid for three months. During this period, the capital administration would resolve the issue of the cancellation of a plot allotted to Jamia Hafsa so that they could be shifted there.
When contacted, officers of the capital administration neither confirmed nor denied the development saying so far no notification had been issued.
an official confirmed to Dawn that the khateeb of the mosque had been transferred on his own request.
After the development, the capital administration and police reopened the Masjid Road which had been closed a few days ago.
Ehtesham Ahmed, a close associate of the former Lal Masjid administration, told Dawn that Khateeb Amir Siddiqui had been suspended by the Auqaf department after Monday’s meeting. Ulema from and Gilgit played their role in getting the issue resolved, he added.
"Now 10 Muftis from Lal Masjid’s Darul Ifta will be leading prayers till the appointment of a new khateeb after three months," he said.
During the meeting, he added, it was also agreed that Maulana Aziz would not enter the mosque for three months.
The issue related to the cancellation of the plot allotted to Jamia Hafsa was also discussed, Mr Ahmed said. It was decided that the students and teachers of the madressah would continue their educational activities in Lal Masjid but no more students would be enrolled there.
The capital administration also agreed that it would make efforts to get a plot arranged from the civic agency for the students.
Maulana Aziz remained khateeb of Lal Masjid from 1998 to 2004. He was arrested during the Lal Masjid operation in 2007.
Later, Maulana Abdul Ghaffar was appointed as the khateeb and Amir Siddiqui the naib khateeb on temporary basis.
In 2009, Maulana Ghaffar left the mosque after the release of Maulana Aziz and the latter started leading prayers in Lal Masjid till 2014 when a ban was imposed on him.
Amir Siddiqui then led prayers and three months ago was appointed the mosque’s khateeb.
|SC wraps up Lal Masjid suo motu case after govt assurance|
|[DAWN] The Supreme Court on Thursday disposed of a case concerning the affairs of after receiving an assurance from the attorney general that the seminary will be reconstructed.|
Firebrand Lal Masjid had in 2015 petitioned the court to ensure that the families of those killed in the July 2007 military operation were paid blood money.
After the operation, the government and the mosque administration, led by Maulana Aziz, had reached an agreement under which the Capital Development Authority would provide an alternative site for the reconstruction of the Jamia Hafsa seminary.
The petition, among other demands, had also called for the CDA to build a new madressah in place of the seminary for women that had been damaged in the 2007 operation and later razed to the ground.
Aziz had also asked the court to order the federal government to implement its October 2, 2007 judgement in the case.
Attorney General of Pakistain Anwar Mansoor Khan was present in court today as a two-judge bench headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard the case.
Khan assured the court of the construction of the seminary, and said that, administratively, it would fall under the government's control.
Aziz's laywer, Advocate Tariq Asad, came to the rostrum to argue that the case was not about one plot, but linked to various matters.
Justice Gulzar asked Asad to apprise the court of what angles of the case had been overlooked, to which the lawyer was unable to furnish an adequate response.
Both Justice Gulzar and Asad then exchanged sharp words, with the lawyer telling the court he was not arguing the case "just to pass the time" and the judge expressing his displeasure with the remark.
|Maulana Abdul Aziz dodges ICT admin, delivers sermon at Lal Masjid|
|[DAWN] Maulana Abdul Aziz lambasted all state institutions and said the judiciary was corrupt because it was the remnant of British colonialism as was democracy.on Friday dodged the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Administration and was able to deliver a sermon at|
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|Lal Masjid warned by CDA to stop illegal construction on plot alloted for Jamia Hafsa|
|[DAWN] The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has issued a warning to the administration against illegal construction on the sector H-11 plot allotted to it for the rebuilding of , it emerged on Tuesday.|
The CDA's Building Control Directorate sent a notification in this regard to the seminary's khateeb, , on February 22.
"It has [come] to the notice of this authority that [the] following violations of the Islamabad Building Regulations, 1963 and Islamabad Residential Sectors Zoning (Building Control) Regulations, 2005 have been committed on your above-mentioned plot," the notification states.
It highlights that the violation in question pertains to starting "construction work at [the] site without getting approval from [the] authority".
The deputy director of the directorate's building control section (BCS) has directed Aziz, identified as the "owner/occupant" in the notification, to "stop construction work within 24 hours from the date of issuance of this notice and apply for approval along with relevant documents, i.e. architectural and structural drawings".
No action has been taken by the seminary in response to the notice so far, according to DawnNewsTV.
REBUILDING OF JAMIA HAFSA
The Jamia Hafsa building and the library were demolished by the government following the military operation in 2007 against Lal Masjid.
After the operation, the government and the mosque administration, led by Maulana Aziz, reached an agreement under which the CDA would provide an alternative site for the reconstruction of Jamia Hafsa.
The CDA allotted 20 kanals of land for this in H-11, where the Lal Masjid administration is said by the CDA to have begun construction work without getting plans approved in advance.
|Police warn Maulana Aziz to stay away from Lal Masjid|
|[DAWN] Police have warned the deposed khateeb of , , to stay away from the mosque as he is on the Fourth Schedule.|
SHO Abdul Rasheed told Dawn that Maulana Aziz had announced he would come to the mosque on Monday for Isha prayers and address people after Taraweeh.
"Police reserves have been stationed around Lal Masjid to intercept him."
SHO Rasheed said Maulana Aziz would not be allowed to enter the mosque and that legal action would be taken against him if he insisted.
The former prayer leader had not come to the mosque till the filing of this report.
Maulana Aziz had visited Lal Masjid once in Ramazan before and addressed the people, the SHO said.
The police have issued a warning to the deposed khateeb under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA)’s section 11, informing him that he was on the Fourth Schedule of the Act.
The notice stated that Maulana Aziz cannot come to the mosque since his name was on the Fourth Schedule.
He also cannot address the public without informing the police and getting prior permission from them.
In the notice, Maulana Aziz is told that action would be taken against him for his appearance in the mosque.
|Maulana Abdul Aziz not allowed to lead Friday prayers|
|[DAWN] ISLAMABAD: The capital administration held five rounds of discussions with deposed of and did not allow him to lead Friday prayers and deliver the weekly sermon in the mosque.|
The last round of talks between the administration and the started on Friday morning and concluded less than an hour before the prayers.
Scores of women clad in black burqas with some of them carrying sticks gazed down at the streets from the windows and rooftops of the new in G-7/3-4 as women police commandos wearing black uniform roamed in the street below in defensive gears.
|Abdul Aziz to resume Friday sermons at Lal Masjid, Shuhada Foundation announces|
|[DAWN] of notoriety will address the Friday sermon at the mosque on May 11 after a gap of over three years, the mosque's Shuhada Foundation announced on Tuesday.|
According to a by the Lal Masjid foundation, the ‐ who was acquitted from all 35 cases against him in January last year ‐ last addressed a Friday sermon at the mosque in December 2014.
The release said that Aziz was the legal khateeb (the sermon-giver) of the mosque and expressed hope that the administration will not prevent him from speaking as he has been cleared by courts in all cases against him.
The Islamabad Capital Terrirtory (ICT) administration has earlier stated that Aziz had ceased to be khateebafter the orders of his appointment were withdrawn in 2004 following a fatwa he issued against the army and its operation in .
In 2014, activists who had been at the forefront of protests against the Army Public School attack in had alleged that they had received death threats from Aziz's supports after protesting the Lal Masjid 's refusal to condemn the attack.
Last year, the capital administration had foiled an attempt by the Shuhada Foundation to hold a conference to mark 10 years of the Lal Masjid operation by imposing a ban on all political and religious activities by the foundation, declaring it an "unregistered entity".