Lal Masjid operation: Rasheed Ghazi’s son records statement

IHC had ordered police to take statement, register case if merited.

Fawad Ali July 16, 2013
A file photo of the Lal Masjid. PHOTO: FILE


The son of former Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Rasheed Ghazi, submitted an application at the Aabpara Police Station on Monday for the registration of an FIR against former president (retd) Pervez Musharraf for his involvement in the death of his father and grandmother.

Haroon Rasheed, the son of Rasheed Ghazi, submitted the application through his counsel Tariq Assad.

In the application, Rasheed referred to about 20 pages of the Lal Masjid Commission report which hold the former president responsible for the operation in which his father and grandmother died.

“Over 300 witnesses had testified in the Lal Majid commission report that the operation was conducted on the directives of Pervez Musharraf,” he said.

He also referred to Musharraf’s statement during his Bolan visit on July 7, 2007 in which he gave an ultimatum --- leave the mosque or you will be killed.

“Later he acted upon his statement and killed Abdul Rasheed Ghazi and others during the operation,” Rasheed wrote.

He hoped that a murder case would be registered against the former president.

Later, talking to the media, Rasheed said Musharraf is responsible for the murders of his father and grandmother.

On July 12, Justice Noorul Haq Qureshi of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had directed the Aabpara Police SHO to record the statement of Haroon Rasheed and registered a case against Musharraf if there is evidence to support the statement.

SHO Qasim Niazi also confirmed that Haroon Rasheed has submitted an application against the former president. He said he has sent the application to the legal branch and an FIR against Musharraf will formally be registered after taking a legal opinion.

Advocate Tariq claimed that the police have committed contempt of court by sending the application to the legal branch, as the court has clear cut directives to register FIR without any delay after recording the statement of Rasheed.

“I will file a contempt of court petition in the court against police on Tuesday (today),” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 16th, 2013. 


Zee Paki in USA | 8 years ago | Reply

@[email protected]: Mr. Razzaq, it is up to the police and government to decide if there is a case they should pursue. If terrorists lodge cases against the government for taking actions against their illegal activities then the police can righfully reject the complaint. That is what's happened here and it is no business of the judiciary to force the police's decision. By the way - which "people" are you talking about? I see all the people's comments here against this case. People of Pakistan do not support terrorist activities.

Dr. | 8 years ago | Reply

The armed terrorists of Lal Masjid!!! Supreme court needs to take strict action against these terrorists who were hidden in a so-called mosque. Shame on every inhabitant and supporter of Lal Masjid.. Is this what Islam teaches u? Certainly not! These terrorists should also be accused of bringing bad name to Islam and the entire muslim fraternity!

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