Islamabad: Maulana aziz case
ISLAMABAD: An Islamabad High Court (IHC) bench here on Monday directed the standing counsel to seek directions from the government whether or not it was perusing after the bail cancellation cases of former ‘khateeb’ of Lal Masjid Maulana Abdul Aziz. The court issued these directions while hearing bail cancellation appeals filed by the government against Maulana Abdul Aziz. The bench, comprising Chief Justice Sardar Muhammad Aslam and Justice Raja Saeed Akram Khan, observed that there were cases against Maulana Abdul Aziz in which the Supreme Court has granted bails to him.
During hearing in the cases, some police officials were present in the court with record. The court, however, asked them not to appear before the court in the next hearing. There were a total of 21 cases registered against Maulana Abdul Aziz in different police stations of Islamabad. Earlier these cases were fixed before the anti–terrorism courts of Rawalpindi.
The ATCs granted bail to Maulana Abdul Aziz in about twelve cases while in eight other cases he was granted bails by the Lahore High Court (LHC), Rawalpindi Bench. The government had moved the court to cancel bails of Maulana Abdul Aziz in cases in which he has already been granted bails.
In another case, the court adjourned hearing till two weeks in the case of Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan (AQK) for his alleged detention by the government officials.
In his plea, filed through prominent lawyer S M Zafar, Dr. A Q Khan had questioned the restrictions imposed upon his free movement and sought production of the order or law under which he was being detained. He prayed to the court to direct the government to apprise it under which law and under what justification it had been detaining or controlling his movement outside his house and restricting him from meeting friends.
He had contended that the pardon announced by the then president on February 4, 2004, inter alia brought an end to all that was said or done before that date relating to an investigation, briefing and debriefing.
The scientist had stated that the fresh writ petition was different from those filed by Chaudhry Masood Akhtar in the Supreme Court in 2006 and by Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafri in the IHC. Under the order of the apex court, his blood relatives or he himself could file pleas if they had any grievance and, accordingly, the plea had been filed in the IHC by the scientist.