SC seeks police records of Lal Masjid operation

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry resumed hearing of case.


Azam Khan May 24, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday sought records of the 2007 Lal Masjid military operation from the Islamabad police on Thursday.

The records demanded include FIRs registered against Lal Masjid seminary students and the details of the action taken by the government for the maintenance of law and order.

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry resumed hearing of the case today.

During the hearing, Additional Inspector General (Operations) Islamabad Police Tahir Alam informed the court that an FIR has been registered against those who launched the operation.

Kamal Shah, former interior secretary, failed to appear before the court, however he was represented by his legal representative Advocate Ahmar Bilal Sufi.

The court also inquired about Wafaqul Madaris’ point of view on this issue. The attorney for the religious body Iftikhar Husain Gilani said that compensation money should be paid to relatives of the victims. However, the court did not entertain his request for the time being.

“The decision to pay compensation was made in 2007 but it was not paid to all of the victims’ relatives,” Gilani said.

The counsel for Jamia Hafsa, Tariq Assad, informed the court that the decision to rebuild the girls’ seminary has not yet been implemented, which amounts to contempt of court.

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