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Lal Masjid cleric threatens to rebuild Jamia Hafsa

Staff Report


ISLAMABAD: Lal Masjid deputy chief cleric on Friday threatened that they would take up the task of reconstruction of Jamia Hafsa if the government did not do it.


Amir Siddique, the mosque’s deputy chief cleric, issued this threat while speaking to around 200 seminary students who gathered outside the mosque to hold a protest.


The students shouted slogans against the US and President Pervez Musharraf. The police ringed the venue and the protest broke up peacefully. “The government needs to reconstruct Jamia Hafsa and reopen Jamia Faridai immediately otherwise we will do it on our own,” said Siddique.


He said protest would continue in front of Lal Masjid until their demands were met. He also demanded release of Maulna Abdul Aziz and unconditional withdrawal of all terrorism cases against him.


He alleged that the government was insincere to resolve the problems created by demolition of Jamia Hafsa and closure of Jamia Fareedia.


He announced that the number of students in ‘tent classes’ that are held at the site of demolished Jamial Hafsa would be increased. He said classes for Islamic education would continue at the mosque in a peaceful manner.


Mualana Yousaf Shah said Ulema Action Committee would organise Shuhada-e-Lal Masjid conference on August 10 in Lahore. “People will be informed of the truth of Lal Masjid at this conference,” he said. He said those killed in the army operation against the mosque clerics would not be forgotten.