TTP Issues Strong Warning Against Any Action On Maulana Aziz

TTP Issues Strong Warning Against Any Action On Maulana Aziz
Lal Masjid is no stranger to controversy. In 2007 it had earlier been a venue of a military confrontation between the Pakistan Army and hardline Islamists when the then military ruler General Pervez Musharraf had conducted a military operation in July 2007.

Today the site is again a hotbed where a failed attempt to arrest Maulana Abdul Aziz was conducted. The Tehreek e Taliban Pakistani (TTP) strongly reacted to the attempt of security agencies to arrest Maulana Abdul Aziz, a prayer leader of Lal Masjid (red mosque).

In a statement issued by the spokesman of the TTP Muhammad Khorasani warned security agencies of serious consequences if any attempt of arrest or attack on Maulana Aziz is made.

"Other day, on June 21 2023, while returning from Lal Masjid, Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Abdul Aziz Ghazi Hufzullah was attacked by CTD personnel, in which Maulana Sahib was injured but survived by the grace of Allah," according to the statement.

TTP spokesman Muhammad Khorasani also said that Maulana Sahib’s two guards had been arrested. As per Khorasani, the Pakistan Army and agencies attacked the Maulana directly and “tried to kill him or arrest him” after they failed to “stop Maulana Sahib from speaking the truth despite all restrictions on Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa.”

TTP spokesman said prior to this action, CTD had on April 14 raided the Maulana’s house in Jamia Sayeda Hafsa, Islamabad, and tried to arrest him and his stepson.

“We warn CTD, Army and agency that severe reaction will be given in case any harm comes to Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa and Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Abdul Aziz Ghazi Hizullah and his family,” the TTP spokesman said.

Female students of Jamia Hafsa had also blocked several roads, including Jinnah Avenue and the bridge near Kulsoom Plaza, as means of protesting against the attempted arrest.

However it has emerged that the said 'missile' is supposedly more propaganda and without any physical evidence. The Lal Masjid statement which has also come from two factions is something that needs to be considered and requires an investigation.