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Controversy Furthered at Jamia Hafsa as Afghan Taliban Flag keeps Flying High

September 20, 2021

The police have filed criminal charges against Khateeb Lal Masjid Maulana Abdul Aziz and his wife Umme Hassan, alleging them of terrorism and inciting lawlessness. The Maulana, who was armed, and his wife allegedly threatened police officers who went to remove Afghan Taliban flags from the Jamia Hafsa, a seminary run by the cleric’s wife.The police decided not to remove the Taliban flags in order to avoid an untoward incident and a possible clash between the seminary students and the police party. Sections 506-II, PPC, 11 EE ATA, 7 ATA, and 124-A PPC have been added to the FIR No 536/21, which was filed with the Aabpara police station. Three FIRs have been filed against the cleric: FIR No 457, filed on August 12, 2021; FIR No 531, filed on September 16, 2021; and FIR No 536, filed on September 19, 2021, all with the Aabpara police station on the charge of hoisting the Taliban flag on the seminary’s rooftop.

The cleric’s name is already listed in the fourth schedule for various anti-state activities. The fourth schedule is a list of proscribed individuals who are suspected of terrorism and/or sectarianism under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) of 1997.Nadeem Anjum, a legal expert, stated that the sections mentioned in the FIRs were harsher. He stated that Section 506/II was related to a crime of threatening or causing death or great bodily harm. According to Section 11 EE of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1997, an activist, office-bearer, or associate of an organization is kept under observation under Section 11D or proscribed under Section 11B.

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