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Pak cleric wants Parliament to enforce Shariah

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 13:48

Islamabad: The chief cleric of the radical
Lal Masjid here has asked Pakistan`s Supreme Court to invoke its suo moto powers and order parliament to enforce Shariah or Islamic law across the country.

If this is not done, "Allah Almighty Himself will
initiate a suo moto", cleric Abdul Aziz said while appearing
before a three-judge bench led by Chief Justice Iftikhar
Chaudhry yesterday.

"Pakistan was created in the name of Islam. However, we
are still the slaves of foreign invaders and we are following
the law of infidels," he claimed.

The apex court should take suo moto notice and direct
parliament to pass a bill for imposing Shariah in Pakistan, he

In response, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, a member of the
bench, remarked that policy-making was not the job of the
court. This should be done by civil society and the
government, he added.

Aziz and his wife Umme Hassan were present in court for
the hearing of petitions against the alleged extra-judicial
killing of people during an army operation against radical
elements holed up in the Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa seminary
in July 2007.

The cleric, who was allowed to briefly inform the court
about his grievances, said problems facing society, including
acid attacks on women, were because of the absence of a system
based on the Quran and Shariah.

Lawyer Tariq Asad, who had filed a petition against the
Lal Masjid raid, argued that Umme Hassan had tried to
establish an extension of the Jamia Hafsa madrassa for girls
but was discouraged by authorities.

He complained about the failure of authorities to
implement a Supreme Court order to reconstruct Jamia Hafsa,
which was destroyed during the army raid, at a different

The bench issued notices to the chief commissioner of
Islamabad, the Interior Secretary and other officials and
asked them to file their responses by April 20.

Lawyer Iftikhar Gillani, who represented the Wafaqul
Madaris or association of madrassas, withdrew a petition
seeking action against former President Pervez Musharraf and
the then commander of the army`s 10 Corps for ordering the Lal
Masjid operation.

He assured the court that he would file a complaint with
police against these persons.


First Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 13:48

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