Pakistan court issues arrest warrant for hardline cleric

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan committee member and chief cleric of Islamabad's Red Mosque Maulana Abdul Aziz speaks in Islamabad on February 7, 2014A Pakistani court has issued an arrest warrant for a hardline Islamic cleric who suggested the massacre of school children in country’s worst ever terror attack was understandable, after he allegedly threatened people criticising him. Maulana Abdul Aziz, the pro-Taliban cleric and head of the Red Mosque in capital Islamabad has been accused of threatening civil society activists, who this week staged several demonstrations outside the mosque, a police official and a spokesman for the mosque told AFP. “Police have received the court order and we are trying our best to implement it,” a police official in capital Islamabad told AFP, requesting anonymity as he was not authorised to talk to media. Hafiz Ihtesham Ahmed, a spokesman for the Red Mosque accused civil society activists of pressurising police to register a case against Aziz.

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