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.