ISLAMABAD: Earlier refusing to surrender to police in a criminal case, Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz has now agreed to seek bail if authorities create a conducive atmosphere for him to appear before court.
“I am ready to apply for a bail, but some state institutions want to arrest and martyr me as I campaign for the enforcement of Quran and Sunnah,” a statement issued by the Lal Masjid quoted the Imam saying in a recorded video. ”A fake case has created the situation. Now we are being told to seek bail and that appearance in a court is a must,” he said.
“Is appearance before court an obligation under Quran and Sunnah? I know that powerful and rich people are granted bail without appearing before a court, even in murder cases,” Aziz said.
“We have faced hundreds of cases and sought bails. We have been acquitted in all cases over the past six years. A security official is making false videos about me, hence, accusing me of taking extortion money”, says Aziz.
“How can I go out of my house in such a situation? I demand the government to create a conducive atmosphere so it is possible for me to appear before court and seek bail,” he said.
In a video, the cleric claimed to have met a security official, with whom he had cordial discussions.
“I told the official that Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Altaf Hussain, along with other individuals, want a clash between Lal Masjid and security forces,” Aziz added.
“I hope Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa will not be raided again as any such action will create more problems,” he said in recorded video.
Further, the Maulana urged the Supreme Court as well as the government to “take notice of detainees being tortured in order to extract statements against me”.
Neo Monitoring Desk