Aziz-ur-Rehman case: Cleric says viral video was manipulated

Mufti Aziz-ur-Rehman, the cleric accused of raping a madrassa student in Lahore, has requested a forensic review of the viral video in which he is seen committing the crime.

He submitted the request in a sessions court with Punjab Forensic Agency and FIA as respondents.

Mufti Aziz claimed the investigators concealed facts and assaulted him during the investigation. He claimed that the video has been manipulated.

The court has summoned the lawyers for an initial discussion on August 10.

The cleric was charged on June 16 after videos showing him forcing himself on the student went viral.

The student (who identified himself but who we will not name), had
registered an FIR at North Cantt Police Station in Lahore. He said that he had
been a student of Jamia Manzoorul Islamia since 2013.

“During the exam of Darjah-e-Rabia (grade four), Mufti Aziz, who was the
Nigran (caretaker) accused me and another guy of putting someone else in our
place for the exam and had me banned from appearing in the Wifaqul Madaris exam
for three years.”

He said that he pleaded with Mufti Aziz to reconsider the decision upon
which the cleric said he would if the young man engaged with him sexually. “So,
out of compulsion, I came into his deceit and became a victim. He also promised
me that he would have my ban removed and get me to pass the Wifaqul Madaris

The man said he was sexually exploited every Friday for three years and
blackmailed. He went to the madrassa administration but, according to him, they
said this was not possible as the mufti was an old man and a pious person. They
said he must be lying, according to the application made to the police.

He started secretly filming to collect evidence which he presented to
Wifaqul Madari Nazim-e-Aala Hanif Jalandhary. “When Mufti Aziz came to know
about this, he threatened to kill me,” the young man told the police. “A few
days ago, when someone uploaded the video on social media, I got scared and
went into hiding.”

Mufti Aziz had denied the accusation of sexual abuse in a video statement
and claimed that he was drugged by his student before he was filmed.

The cleric had claimed that the videos were a conspiracy to remove him from
Jamia Manzoorul Islamia, Lahore.

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