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Musharraf behind Lal Masjid operation: Report

Findings add to former president’s woes

  • By Mohsin Ali, Correspondent, with AFP inputs
  • Published: 18:23 April 21, 2013
  • Gulf News

Islamabad: An inquiry by a judge of Pakistan’s Federal Shariat Court (FSC) has determined that former president Pervez Musharraf, his political allies and former prime minister Shaukat Aziz were responsible for the 2007 Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) operation in Islamabad.

Around 100 people were killed in the operation aimed against militants holed up in the mosque, triggering a wave of reprisal attacks by extremist groups in the country causing heavy casualties.

The report of the inquiry conducted by FSC judge Shehzada Shaikh on the directive of the Supreme Court has been made public, adding to the troubles of the arrested former military ruler.

The report, already submitted to the Supreme Court, recommends that criminal cases should be registered against those responsible for the mosque operation and suggested that the former rulers should be forced to pay compensations to the aggrieved families.

Musharraf escaped from Islamabad High Court (IHC) premises on Thursday after it cancelled his interim bail in a case dating back to 2007 emergency clampdown by him. But police took him into custody the next day.

He was produced before an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad on Saturday, which granted his 14-day judicial remand and his farmhouse residence was declared a sub-jail where he is now lodged. Police will take him to the court again on May 4.

The authorities of the Adyala Jail in Rawalpindi have assumed control at the sub-jail where Musharraf is being lodged according to the prison rules.

Meanwhile, Musharraf’s party spokesman said the former military ruler is being held in “isolation” in his luxury farmhouse, confined to two rooms and stripped of his personal staff.

Mohammad Amjad, spokesman for Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League party, complained on Sunday that his lawyers and staff were being denied access to him.

“General Musharraf is being kept in isolation,” Amjad told reporters outside the former army chief’s heavily guarded residence in Islamabad.

“I was not allowed to have a meeting with him. His family members are not allowed to see him. He has been allocated two rooms in the farmhouse and his movements are confined in those rooms. His personal staff have been removed.”

Comments (3)

  1. Added 12:53 April 22, 2013

    It's true that General Pervez Musharraf had operations and killed hundreds of people, but why we are forgetting that during his era it was the most powerful and successful Pakistan. Nowadays, in smallest roads ramps, you will find people with guns and nods. He waited for 3 days for terrorist to come out of the most before he threw gases inside. But why are we ignoring the fact that if he wanted he could have ordered to his army to go inside and starting firing. NO! HE DIDN'T! Just because he respected Mosque. Take another example of his bravery and principles. He came to Pakistan to contest elections. He knew he had cases pending on him. He knew there are threats to kill him. Still he came back for a better Pakistan. REMEMBER!!! He was the head of Army for Pakistan. He saved Pakistan from attacks. He saved us all. He devoted his life for his People of Pakistan. But People don't care all the good things you do them. All the remember is the bad times... Its life... I wish and pray for General Musharraf.

    Saleem, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 12:40 April 22, 2013

    What are we Pakistanis going to gain from these kind of ventures? We all know that our past has been dark because of many like Musharraf. Officials are just wasting their time and our money. Let us elect honest leadership and strive for a new era.

    Khurshid Qazi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 09:37 April 22, 2013

    Justice should be done with Mr Musharaf who killed more then 200 Muslims in Laal Masjid and feels no shame.

    Mohammad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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