islamabad - During the current week, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) will conduct hearing of two important cases including a petition seeking registration of FIR against Lal Masjid cleric and a petition of former DG Haj Rao Shakeel challenging his conviction in Haj corruption case.

In the first matter, a single bench of IHC comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani will hear the petition moved by Muhammad Jibran Nasir on July 13. In his petition, he has sought court’s directions to register an FIR against the Lal masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz, his wife Umm-e-Hassan and students of Jamia Hafsa for inviting banned militant outfit Islamic State (IS) to avenge the killing of Osama bin Laden and Lal Masjid operation.

Previously, the ministry of interior informed the IHC that it had forwarded the same to the ministry of law for legal opinion while Justice Mohsin had directed the advocate general Islamabad to appear before the court on the next date of hearing for assistance to the court.

The petition was moved by Jibran after his application for registration of FIR was first not entertained by the Aabpara police station and then a lower court had also dismissed his application.

In the current petition, the petitioner has contended before the court that Jamia Hafsa female students through a video message have invited the IS to avenge Pakistan regarding killing of Bin Laden and Lal Masjid operation.

He argued that Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz in another video had endorsed the version of his female students that is tantamount to a grave danger for the safety and security for Pakistan’s state.

The petitioner informed the court that he contacted Aabpara police in this regard but they refused to lodge the FIR. Later he filed an application before a civil court and on March 09 his application was dismissed.

Therefore, he has prayed to the court to annul the civil court decision and direct police to register FIR in this matter.

The second important matter is related to an appeal of the former director general Haj Rao Shakeel against his conviction in Haj corruption case.

A single bench of IHC comprising Chief Justice IHC Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi will conduct hearing of the petition on Wednesday.

It was June 3, when Rao Shakeel was awarded 40 years imprisonment sentence with a fine amounting 150.396 million rupees in Hajj corruption case.

The former DG Hajj moved his appeal against the special judge central (SJC)’s decision through his counsel Misbah-ul-Hassan advocate and made state as respondent.

The petitioner contended in his appeal that none of the prosecution witnesses have uttered any word against him regarding kickbacks or commission and there is no such evidence on record to prove this offence.

Advocate Qazi Misbah ul Hassan counsel for the petitioner argued before the court that ends of justice were not met in the decision given by trial court.

He added that the case against Rao Shakeel is not proved from statement of any witness and it seems as if case has been registered against his client on malafide intent and political basis.

Therefore, he prayed to the court to set aside his client’s sentence awarded by an SJC court.