Releasing Lal Masjid's Maulana Aziz?
Daily Times, February 13, 2008
ISLAMABAD: Efforts are underway to obtain the freedom of former Lal Masjid chief cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz, as several prominent politicians have conducted meetings with him recently. The latest was Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, who visited Aziz on Tuesday. Shujaat also met with Aziz’s wife a few days ago. According to Online, the meeting between Shujaat and Aziz lasted for an hour, during which the PML-Q president exchanged views with the latter on several proposals for his release. Its sources said Shujaat wanted to secure Aziz’s release before elections. Shujaat said the meeting had nothing to do with the February 18 elections. He said a package for Aziz’s release would soon be evolved, adding that its implementation would be ensured. Last week, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl chief Fazlur Rehman met the Lal Masjid cleric. Aziz’s relative Maulana Amir Siddique told a press conference after that meeting that his family hoped that Aziz would be released soon. staff report