Maulana Abdul Aziz barred from leading Friday prayers after strenuous negotiations

Haider Ali 09:52 AM | 12 May, 2018
Maulana Abdul Aziz barred from leading Friday prayers after strenuous negotiations
ISLAMABAD - The deposed cleric of Lal Masjid, Maulana Abdul Aziz was not allowed to lead Friday prayers and deliver the weekly sermon in the mosque after the capital administration held hours-long negotiations with him.

As many as five rounds of talks between the administration and the cleric started on Friday morning following which the officials told the media that the maulana had agreed not to visit the mosque.

One of the ICT officials said the cleric insisted that it was his right to deliver a sermon at the mosque.

"His plan was that he would go to the mosque in the form of a procession along with a few vehicles loaded with women students but we did not succumb to any pressure," the official added.

The administration informed maulana Aziz about illegal construction of new Jamia Hafsa over a natural stream, urging him to clear it first as a dutiful citizen.

The negotiations came as Shuhada Foundation of Lal Masjid had announced on May 8 that Maulana Aziz would lead the Friday prayers and deliver a sermon, after a gap of over three years.

However, as Maulana Aziz did not go to Lal Masjid, the Friday prayers were led by Amir Siddique, the deputy cleric.

The government had deposed Maulana Aziz from the state-owned Lal Masjid after he delivered a controversial sermon in 2014, defending the perpetrators of the Army Public School Peshawar attack, calling it a reactionary move by terrorists.

There have been repeated attempt in recent past by the cleric to consolidate his position over the affairs of the seminary, however, he has not been successful to this day.

In February 2017, Lal Masjid announced its disassociation from outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan faction Jamaatul Ahrar after the terror group launched strikes in Pakistan named after Abdul Rasheed Ghazi, the brother of Maulana Aziz who was killed in 2007 military operation on Lal Masjid.

In March 2017, the cleric announced to hold a conference in Lal Masjid against blasphemous content on the social media; the government did not allow it.

In August 2017, the relatives of the deposed Lal Masjid cleric were stopped from holding a press conference by the ICT administration on the basis that mosques should not be politicised.

During the latest discussions on Friday, scores of women clad in black burqas kept an eye on the situation from the windows and rooftops of the new Jamia Hafsa.

On the other hand, women police commandos and Rangers also roamed in the street nearby the centre.


Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 1, 2023 (Wednesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 269.9 272.85
Euro EUR 290.22 290.82
UK Pound Sterling GBP 330.48 331.18
U.A.E Dirham AED 72.78 73.08
Saudi Riyal SAR 71.23 71.53
Australian Dollar AUD 190 193
Bahrain Dinar BHD 702.68 710.68
Canadian Dollar CAD 201.75 205
China Yuan CNY 39.15 39.55
Danish Krone DKK 38.6 39
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 33.72 34.07
Indian Rupee INR 3.24 3.35
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 865.31 874.31
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.24 62.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.35 173.35
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 27.06
Omani Riyal OMR 686.49 694.49
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 72.58 73.28
Singapore Dollar SGD 201.2 203.2
Swedish Korona SEK 25.45 25.75
Swiss Franc CHF 286.19 288.69
Thai Bhat THB 8.06 8.21

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs202,000 on Wednesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs173,190.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs164,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 179,100.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Karachi PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Islamabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Peshawar PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Quetta PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sialkot PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Attock PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujranwala PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Jehlum PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Multan PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Bahawalpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujrat PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nawabshah PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Chakwal PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Hyderabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nowshehra PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sargodha PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Faisalabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Mirpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390


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