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Lal Masjid’s Maulana Aziz submits bail plea in court

ISLAMABAD: Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz has submitted his bail plea to the court today, ARY News reported.

He has applied for interim bail in two cases at the Islamabad High Court. He is facing cases for hate speech and issuing threats to state institutions.

An Islamabad court had issued a non-bailable arrest warrant for Aziz in December 2014.

During the proceedings, the court said if Maulana was not under detention he should be produced before the court tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb 2).

He eased his stance on seeking bail following protests organised by civil society members outside the mosque. They also registered an FIR against the cleric and insisted police to initiate investigation against Aziz.

A statement issued by the Lal Masjid quoted the Imam saying in a recorded video “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 fake case has created the situation. Now we are being told to seek bail and that appearance in a court is a must,” he added.

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