Lal Masjid operation: Case registered against Musharraf

Published: September 2, 2013
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The IHC ordered that a case be registered against Musharraf. PHOTO: AFP

The IHC ordered that a case be registered against Musharraf. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: A case was registered in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against former president Pervez Musharraf for the murder of Abdul Rashid and his mother during the Lal Masjid operation, Express News reported on Monday.

Earlier, the IHC stopped Station House Officer (SHO) Aabpara Police Station, Qasim Niazi from leaving the courtroom, saying that he would not be allowed to leave until a case was registered against Musharraf.

After the case was registered, he left the courtroom.

IHC Justice Noorul Haq Qureshi said that not registering a case despite the court’s orders falls under contempt of court.

On Friday the IHC summoned the SHO over non-compliance with the court’s orders to look into whether a case can be registered. The IHC Justice directed the SHO to appear before the court on September 2 in response to a contempt application filed by Haroonur Rashid Ghazi — the son of slain Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Rasheed Ghazi — against the police for non-compliance with court orders and sought criminal proceedings against the police official.

On July 12, 2013, the same bench had ordered the police to book the former president, and if the Lal Masjid operation was a cognisable offence, a case be registered against Musharraf for the death of Ghazi and others during the operation. However, the police had refused to register an FIR, saying that it would do so after consulting their legal branch.

Tariq Asad, the counsel for the petitioner, had said that they approached the concerned police station after the court’s decision but both the SHO and SSP refused to register the case.  Earlier, Haroon had filed a written statement with the Aabpara police in which he said the former president had made threatening statements on two occasions before the military operation on the mosque was launched in July 2007.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Sep 2, 2013 - 12:50PM

    Who Will Register Case against those who Killed Our Soldiers outside Lal Masjid ????
    Who Will Register Case against those who Killed Our Soldiers at Dera Bugti Cave ????
    Who Will Register Case against those who Killed 40k Pakistanis ????

    Iftikhar Chaudhry is taking Revenge …….

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  • yusuf
    Sep 2, 2013 - 1:27PM

    How the mighty have fallen..

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  • Salman
    Sep 2, 2013 - 1:48PM

    Simply pathetic

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  • Shahryar
    Sep 2, 2013 - 2:15PM

    Please blow some sanity into this country..

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  • K Alam
    Sep 2, 2013 - 2:22PM

    Personal vendetta is visible from the conduct of IHC Judge. Overstepping in police jurisdiction!

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  • Student
    Sep 2, 2013 - 2:28PM

    Seems pre plan.

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  • shah
    Sep 2, 2013 - 2:52PM

    how many times will this case be registered ???
    After so many debates and judicial enquiry of SC, cant this crap issue be closed ?

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  • samir
    Sep 2, 2013 - 4:57PM

    This is a very irresponsible behavior on part of Express Tribune. Why aren’t they highlighting the fact that hundreds of innocent students were killed in the siege on the orders of the notorious ex dictator of Pakistan.

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  • Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan
    Sep 2, 2013 - 5:26PM

    Good job. Musharraf should be held accountable.

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Sep 2, 2013 - 6:41PM

    Mussarraf should be allowed to interact with people through mass media like TV and radio .Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 2, 2013 - 6:58PM

    It means our brave soldiers who laid down their lives to restore writ of the State are also murderers. What about those who are killing terrorists in Swat, FATA and Baluchistan. Are they murderers too? We have seen this day because our courts are afraid of terrorists and generals have become property dealers.

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  • HotCold
    Sep 2, 2013 - 7:00PM

    @lala The Hero:
    These(ur concerns) are not the case, these soldiers were not actual soldiers they were terrorists.

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  • Nissar
    Sep 2, 2013 - 7:02PM

    punishment needed not case register.

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  • piddler
    Sep 2, 2013 - 7:19PM

    You can’t even touch a hair on his head try your heart out. Recall Dr. Afridi case.

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  • unbelievable
    Sep 2, 2013 - 7:42PM

    Query – how long does one allow religious extremist to take over a city before your allowed to forcefully remove them? How many times are you required to ask them to cease and desist? Why are religious extremist allowed to walk free by every court in the land?

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  • aslam
    Sep 2, 2013 - 7:52PM

    FIR should also be registered against Zardari for allowing Sawat oprationRecommend

  • Waseem
    Sep 2, 2013 - 8:30PM

    Musharraf Zindabad!

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  • Zaka
    Sep 2, 2013 - 9:05PM

    All attempts to kill Musharraf will fail. He was a hero and will remain so. Musharraf lives in our heart.

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  • numbersnumbers
    Sep 2, 2013 - 11:16PM

    @samir:
    But your keyboard ran out of ink before you could tell us where we can find the list of names of “the hundreds of innocent students killed!!!!

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  • Gp65
    Sep 3, 2013 - 12:38AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    I greatly respect your even handed and principled comment on this issue. As a strong supporter of Mian Saab you probably do not have much love lost for Musharraf. Yet when he is being punished for something wrong, you have spoken up. Salute.Recommend

  • salim
    Sep 3, 2013 - 10:37AM

    Salim Shahzad, the noted journalist, in his book which came out after he was brutally murdered said approximately “Lal Masjid is an Al Qeada cell”.

    (ET – you can verify this before rushing to censor this comment. It will not be fair if you do so!)

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  • aamir
    Sep 14, 2013 - 1:37PM

    @samir:
    Judicial commission report (comprising of justice Javed iqbal) on Lal Masjid has clearly told the figures.. 102 persons killed,, 89 those who were present inside the mosque and 13 soldiers…
    Now its upto your good sense to understand that who killed 13 soldiers,,,,

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