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ISLAMABAD: Police To Register Cases Against Students Of Jamia Hafsa Over Inviting ISIS To Avenge Lal Masjid Operation

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ISLAMABAD: Police decides to register a criminal case against the students of Jamia Hafsa for inviting ISIS to avenge the operation carried out against the Lal Masjid in 2007.

Jamia Hafsa students invite ISIS
Jamia Hafsa students invite ISIS

According to media reports, the capital city’s police has come to a decision to register criminal cases against the Shohada Foundation and students of Jamia Hafsa for ‘waging war’ by inviting the terrorist organisation Islamic State (IS) to avenge Operation Silence, that was carried out against the Lal Masjid in 2007. The police department is seeking legal opinion of their prosecution department over a press release and video massage that was made by students of the Jamia Hafsa. In their message the student invited ISIS, also known as Daish to come to Pakistan. The press release and video message were released by Shohada Foundation.

A report was forwarded to Inspector General (IG) Tahir Alam Khan for further action against the Shohada Foundation and Jamia Hafsa. However, IG Tahir Alam Khan asked for a legal opinion on the affair while sending the report to Islamabad deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Legal for his opinion.

According to Pakistani law the offensive message spoken by the students in the video and the controversial content of the press release falls under offences laid out in sections 121, 121A, 505(1)b and 505(2) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Section 121 of the Pakistan Penal Code deals with “waging or attempting to wage war or assisting waging of war against Pakistan”, while Section 121A is entitled “conspiracy to commit offence publishable by section 121”. Section 505(1)b deals with “whoever makes, publishes, or circulates any statement rumour or report” , while Section 505(2) is entitled “whoever makes, publishes or circulates any statement or report containing rumour or alarming news with intent to create on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, caste or community or any other ground whatsoever, feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious, racial, language, or regional groups or castes or communities”.