Islamabad - Civil society activists yesterday approached the Aabpara police station of the capital for registration of an FIR against Maulana Abdul Aziz, chief cleric of the Lal Masjid, over latter’s alleged attempts to malign and divide a national security institution on sectarian lines.

Khurram Zaki, a self-acclaimed civil society and Human Rights activist approached the Aabpara police station with an application stating that Molvi Abdul Aziz of Lal Masjid had recently released a video message, well distributed over social media, in which he attempted to incite sectarian hatred and violence against Shia Muslims in Pakistan by blaming them for leading civil society campaign against him and Lal Masjid/Jamia Hafsa. “Molvi Aziz even went further and accused ISI and intelligence apparatus of Pakistan and their officers of supporting and promoting sectarian agenda by trying to concoct false and fabricated evidence against him. He specifically blamed an unnamed serving brigadier of ISI, who according to him belongs to Shia school of thought,” the application said.

It further said that such allegations are an obvious deliberate attempt from his (Aziz) side to malign and divide this national institution on sectarian lines by fomenting sectarian hatred among ranks and files of this sensitive national institution. He has requested the SHO to lodge and register an FIR against Aziz under section 6 and 8 of ATA and PPA (scheduled offences) and other appropriate sections of CrPC and arrest him accordingly. 

Lawyer and activist Mohammad Jibran Nasir lodged another complaint which highlighted how Jamia Hafsa students uploaded a video on the internet pledging allegiance to Daesh. The video, which was also aired by a news channel, asked the banned outfit to take revenge for Pakistan Army’s operations against Osama bin Laden and Jamia Hafa.

The complaint said Aziz and Umm-e-Hassan have also praised Daesh in video messages, expressing their desire to impose a caliphate in Pakistan, while inviting the terror outfit to the country as well.

It further added that a terror outfit Insarul Islam, which is affiliated with Daesh, has been operating in a training camp named after Aziz’s brother Maulana Abdul Rasheed Ghazi. The complaint dubbed such acts declaration of war against Pakistan.

When contacted, an official at the police station told this correspondent on condition of anonymity that the applications have been sent to an investigation officer and further investigation is underway.