Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed by the federal government against the grant of bail by a lower court to former Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz.
A two-judge bench of the apex court dismissed the government’s petition. The bench also adjourned the hearing of Aziz's petition seeking bail in a case related to the forcible occupation of a children's library by radical elements and issued a notice to the federation in this regard.
A division bench of the Islamabad High Court had in June last year accepted Aziz's plea for bail in four cases related to murder of a Pakistan Rangers official, abduction of police personnel and Chinese citizens and other charges.
The government filed an appeal in the Supreme Court seeking the cancellation of the bail granted by the Islamabad High Court in these four cases.
Another division bench of the Islamabad High Court had in July last year rejected Aziz’s plea for bail in the case related to forcible occupation of the children’s library.
Following this, Aziz filed an appeal in the Supreme Court.
Aziz has so far been granted bail in 25 of the 27 cases registered against him. He was acquitted in one case. Aziz has been behind bars since his arrest on July 3, 2007.
Almost 100 people were killed when Pakistani troops stormed the Lal Masjid in July 2007 to flush out radical elements who had holed up inside the mosque in the heart of Islamabad.