Twitterati Criticise Govt For Striking Deal With Extremist Cleric Abdul Aziz
Following the deal of government authorities with ousted khateeb of Lal Masjid Maulana Abdul Aziz that they would allot 20 Kanals to the cleric for construction of Jamia Hafsa, people took to Twitter to criticise government’s agreement with a known extremist figure, who has been involved in hate speech and other crimes.
Ok so where were the guys who arrested the peaceful protestors from AWP when Maulana Abdul Aziz had once again ILLEGALLY occupied Lal masjid and thru thuggery and force got permission to stay?????
— Anam Zeb (@anamzeb) February 10, 2020
Economist and public policymaker Mosharraf Zaidi has said that the leader of PTM were arrested for peaceful protest, while ‘Daesh-loving’ Maulana Abdul Aziz got 20 Kanals of land after occupying mosques and threatening countrywide anarchy.
PTM insists on peaceful protest: get tossed in jail.
Daesh-loving Aziz and assorted right wingers go around occupying mosques and threatening country wide anarchy: get 20 kanals of land.
What message is being sent to Pakhtuns with grievances?
What path will youth choose?
— Mosharraf Zaidi (@mosharrafzaidi) February 9, 2020
While State was occupied with arresting rights activists, deposed khateeb of Lal Masjid Maulana Abdul Aziz occupied the mosque two weeks ago with female students holed up inside. Authorities have now laid seige to it… https://t.co/tLDtOZdVEc pic.twitter.com/ECYe5JwpRT
— Bilal Farooqi (@bilalfqi) February 8, 2020
Another Twitter user has criticised government officials for approaching Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) – a banned organisation to strike a deal with Maulana Abdul Aziz.
Abdul Aziz occupies Lal Masjid again, agrees to leave after being promised acres of land. Agreement brokered by banned ASWJ – officials negotiated with ASWJ Punjab president.
Where does one even start? https://t.co/OPvhPYjwpV
— Nazish Brohi (@Nazish_Brohi) February 9, 2020
“Ehsanullah Ehsan gets a house in Peshawar and a trip to Turkey. Maulana Abdul Aziz gets 20 kanals of land,” one of the users said.
Ehsanullah Ehsan gets a house in Peshawar and a trip to Turkey. Maulana Abdul Aziz gets 20 kanals of land. See a pattern in how the state deals with certain kinds of opposition? pic.twitter.com/Q1wph0Vj8P
— Hassan Javid (@HassanJavid_) February 9, 2020
Maulana Aziz had returned to Lal Masjid around two weeks ago, reiterating his claim to be its prayer leader. The officers from the capital administration approached Lal Masjid to meet Maulana Aziz, when the situation turned serious on Thursday night. In July last year, the capital administration had removed Maulana Abdul Aziz as the praying leader of Lal Masjid and imposed a three-month ban on his entry in the mosque.
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