Lal Masjid case: New developments reported from Supreme Court of Pakistan

Lal Masjid case: New developments reported from Supreme Court of Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court Tuesday directed the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to submit a comprehensive report on a 20 Kanal plot, allotted to Jamia Hafsa in Islamabad’s sector H-11.

A three-member bench of the court, headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed and comprising Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan, heard the case. During the course of proceedings, Justice Gulzar asked on how much area is Lal Masjid built and who owns its land?

The Deputy Attorney General responded that the Lal Masjid was built on government land. Upon this, Justice Gulzar summoned the Chairman CDA. Chairman CDA Amir Ali Ahmed informed the court that CDA allotted 9,533 yards of land in 1970 and 206 yards were allotted to Jamia Hafsa. The CDA chairman told the court that Maulana Abdullah was appointed the mosque’s muezzin, and he was succeeded by his son Maulana Abdul Aziz.

Justice Gulzar remarked that it means that Maulana Abdul Aziz was a government employee.

The CDA Chairman said that Maulana Abdul Aziz was removed from the position in 2004 but he still held control of the mosque.

Justice Gulzar asked was it his personal property? Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan also asked where was the federal government writ that it could not even free up a mosque in the federal capital.

The parents of two children also appeared before the court and said that their children were missing since 2007.

Taking notice over the matter, the court directed the Commissioner Islamabad to submit a separate detailed report on the missing children and adjourned hearing of the case for a month.