Police Register A Report After Afghan Taliban Flags Are Hoisted In An Islamabad Seminary

The Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) and several provisions of the Pakistan Penal Code were used to charge Aziz, his students, and other collaborators (PPC).

Police Register A Report After Afghan Taliban Flags Are Hoisted In An Islamabad Seminary
Police Register A Report After Afghan Taliban Flags Are Hoisted In An Islamabad Seminary

Maulana Abdul Aziz, a well-known radical preacher, erected Afghan Taliban flags at a seminary in Islamabad on Sunday, according to news agency PTI, quoting Pakistani news site Dawn. Police in Pakistan has filed a case against Aziz, who also runs the Jamia Hafsa women's seminary, and have sealed off the area with an anti-riot squad. 

The Islamabad police discovered Afghan Taliban flags on the rooftops of Jamia Hafsa and were threatened by Aziz himself. Aziz, his students and fellow collaborators were booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) and different sections of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

Islamabad police faced taunts, threats

The Islamabad police personnel who reached the spot faced warnings from Aziz, who also allegedly brandished weapons at them. The people inside Jamia Hafsa invoked the name of the Taliban and said the law enforcement personnel will face dire consequences for their intervention.

Seminary students and teachers also taunted the police and led to tensions in the area. This is the third time since August that Afghan Taliban flags were hoisted in the seminary. The Islamabad deputy commissioner after removing the flags shared an update on Twitter. The law enforcement officials took action after residents were terrorized after the flags were hoisted once more.

According to the deputy commissioner of Islamabad, Abdul Aziz used legal loopholes because Pakistan does not criminalise the hoisting of any flag, thus no law tackles the matter or under which legal action can be done.

Aziz is well known for his role in the Lal Masjid case, in which he threatened to destabilise the Pakistani government and establish Sharia law over the country. The Pakistani government, commanded by President Pervez Musharraf at the time, ordered the Pakistan Special Forces to storm the facility, killing over 100 individuals, including fundamentalist cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi.