ISLAMABAD - Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday directed the government to quash an FIR and court proceedings against chief cleric of Red Mosque (Lal Masjid). Single bench of IHC comprising Justice Muhammad Anwer Khan Kasi announced the judgment on the petition filed by Maulana Abdul Aziz, the chief cleric of Red Mosque (Lal Masjid) Islamabad seeking withdrawal of proceedings against him in a trial court of Islamabad and quashment of FIR. The court in its Judgment said for the foregoing reasons, the petition is accepted and proceedings arising out of FIR No 98 of March 10, 2007 under Section 188 PPC registered at Police Station Aabpara pending before Kasih Qayyum Sheikh learned Judicial Magistrate Islamabad under Section 30 cr. PC are quashed. Earlier, during the case of hearing Qari Wajih Ullah counsel for Maulana Abdul Aziz apprised the court that police has registered a fake case against his client. He said under Section 195 (A) of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), a Sub-Inspector of police cannot register a criminal case against Maulana Aziz under Section 144 at their own. He said an FIR was registered against students of Lal Masjid in Police Station of Aabpara for violation of District Magistrate orders as they were allegedly distributing pamphlets and the name of Maulana Aziz was not contained in the FIR. Maulana Aziz was neither distributing the said pamphlets nor the District Magistrate directed the police to register an FIR against him, under the prescribed law, Sub-Inspector can only register FIR under Section 144 on the complaint of District Magistrate, he pointed out. Shabbir Abbasi, the standing counsel said that under Section 156 of Cr. PC police is authorised to investigate any person for violation of Section 144. In a rejoinder, Qari Wajih Ullah said that authority concerned did not raise any complaint and issued written orders for inclusion of Maulana Aziz in the FIR. The learned Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi after announcing the judgment disposed off the case. It is pertinent to mention here that Aabpara Police Station had registered a FIR against Maulana Abdul Aziz for distribution of hatred material in front of Lal Masjid in 2007.