Afghan Taliban flags were once again hoisted on the building of Lal Masjid’s seminary Jamia Hafsa in Islamabad. Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz reacted to the hoisting of Afghan Taliban’s flag on Jamia Hafsa for the third time, saying that the government always deceived them following negotiations and doesn’t take steps towards imposition of Shariah in the country.
A spokesperson for Aziz issued a statement, saying that he wants the imposition of Shariah in the country but the administration doesn’t accept this demand despite making promises.
Earlier in September, several Taliban flags were spotted on the building of Jamia Hafsa in Islamabad, after which the police and district administration attempted to remove them. However, Maulana Abdul Aziz and his students had put up a resistance and the police returned without taking the flags down.
Videos circulating on social media following the incident showed Abdul Aziz arguing with policemen inside Jamia Hafsa and telling them to quit their job. “The Pakistan Taliban will teach you all a lesson,” he told them. A large number of female burka clad students of the seminary were present on the rooftop to stop the police from removing the flags.
Abdul Aziz had also challenged them to come forward and arrest him and his students, but the cops remained unmoved. He had later agreed to remove the flags, saying that the administration has agree to his demand of implementing Shariah.