Lal Masjid closure case: Pakistan cannot afford now the way matters happened in 2007: IHC

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ISLAMABAD:    Islamabad High Court (IHC) has remarked the administration should resolve Lal Masjid issue forthwith as per law as the country cannot afford matters the way they happened in 2007.

The court accepted the plea to give the time to district administration to address Lal Masjid matter.

Lal Masjid closure case came up for hearing before IHC bench led by Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani Tuesday.

Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani inquired is Lal Masjid closed.
Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Hamza Shafqat told the court about 30 to 40 girl students are present in Lal Masjid. Lal Masjid is government run mosque. The female students have constructed rooms inside the mosque and occupied them. Only there is one passage leading to Lal Masjid which is closed. We are resolving the matter. We request the court to give us some time.

The lawyer Tariq Asad advocate told the court “we want the women should be removed from there so that the mosque could reopen.

The court remarked “who are those women. They are your people. Send the girls to somewhere else from there.

Tariq advocate told the court “ Lal Masjid is not owned by Shuhada Foundation. The faithful have to face embarrassment due to closure of passage. Shuhada Foundation is organization of heirs of martyrs.

The court remarked the administration has to see this matter that it can be sorted out how .

Tariq advocate told the court the administration had maintained law earlier and it can do so now too.

Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani remarked “ the way matters happened in 2007, Pakistan can not afford them now.

The court while ordering the district administration to resolve the matter forthwith as per law adjourned the hearing of the case till December 01.

It is pertinent to mention here Shuhada Foundation has resorted to the court against closure of Lal Masjid.

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