Lal Masjid cleric booked over terror charges


Islamabad: Maulana Abdul Aziz, who dodged an arrest a day ago leading to road blockages by his supporters near Islamabad’s Lal Masjid, has been booked over terror charges along with four others, it emerged on Thursday. A day ago, Aziz evaded arrest after his guards put up resistance to the police team, following which female students of Jamia Hafsa wielding batons blocked roads in protest of the attempted arrest. Talking to Dawn, a senior official of the capital administration had acknowledged that a team from the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) had gone to Lal Masjid to talk to Aziz and ask him to present himself for clearing certain queries. Among the queries was his re-emergence as a prayer leader in Lal Masjid — despite the fact that he had retired and was replaced — and attempts to take control over the adjoining plot of the former children’s library as well as other matters. Senior officials of Islamabad police had made several attempts to talk them out of their protests. During the protest, the seminary students also beat female constables with sticks. However, by Wednesday evening all roads were cleared. News Desk