Lal Masjid haunts: IHC orders registration of case against Musharraf

Plea filed by Haroon Rasheed over the murder of his father, grandmother during the operation.

Web Desk July 12, 2013
A file photo of the Lal Masjid. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court ordered the registration of a case against former dictator Pervez Musharraf on the basis of a petition filed in court regarding the Lal Masjid Operation conducted in 2007, reported Express News on Friday.

The court entertained a plea filed by Haroon Rasheed, son of Ghazi Abdul Rashid, through his counsel Tariq Asad, against the murder of his father and grandmother during the Lal Masjid operation.

Justice Noorul Haq Qureshi asked for Haroon Rasheed's statement to be recorded by police officials.


On July 3, 2007, Musharraf had ordered a military operation against the mosque for challenging the writ of the state.

The military besieged the mosque for 12 days before assaulting the compound, an attack in which hundreds of students were killed.

The former chief cleric of Lal Masjid was accused of using the mosque loudspeaker to instigate madrassa students to attack the Rangers who were deployed outside the mosque in order to prevent Aziz and his associates at Lal Masjid from continuing their campaign of public intimidation that they had been carrying out since January of that year.

The charges against Aziz also include kidnapping and abduction of Chinese massage therapists as well as hijacking a children’s library in June 2007 as part of his institution’s protest against the demolition of seven mosques in the federal capital.

Last year, an anti-terrorism court acquitted Aziz, and 16 other persons in a case on the killing of a Rangers official.


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A J Khan | 11 years ago | Reply

It is the responsibility of Higher Command of the Armed Forces to provide legal protection to its officers and men when they are being used in operation. It is understood that constitutional protection is given in constitution which has been been ineffective due to supra constitutional orders of Courts. If the courts does not believe in Laws of the Land, then military must do some thing about it.

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