Lal Masjid cleric murder case: Former PM Shaukat Aziz nominated as suspect

Published: October 15, 2013
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Former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. PHOTO: APP

Former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. PHOTO: APP

ISLAMABAD: Political stalwarts Aftab Sherpao and Tariq Azeem along with former prime minister Shaukat Aziz will be nominated as suspects in the murder case of ‘prayer leader’ of Lal Masjid, Abdul Rasheed Ghazi, Express News reported on Tuesday.

Shuhada Foundation spokesperson put forward the names of Sherpao and Azeem. An investigation will be made once a written request is submitted after the Eid holidays.

On October 10, former president Pervez Musharraf was arrested for the charge of murdering Ghazi and his mother during the infamous 2007 operation.

Background

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 Maulana Abdul 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.

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

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  • ;-)chief
    Oct 15, 2013 - 2:01PM

    Everythng is going in reverse order…….Recommend

  • Uzair
    Oct 15, 2013 - 2:10PM

    It seems as if our courts exist to serve and please the terrorists and to hound the officials of government.

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  • Imran Niaizi
    Oct 15, 2013 - 2:24PM

    we have gone mad
    god bless us
    oops allah bless us

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  • Last Word
    Oct 15, 2013 - 3:24PM

    ET-
    The word ‘nominated’ is used for a designate, appointment, a position, honor, award or election etc, but certainly not for an accused. In this case the word ‘named’ should have been used.

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  • Ahmed
    Oct 15, 2013 - 3:24PM

    Nothing will happen. International powers let them leave the country just like Haqqani left. Judiciary or other institution in Pakistan are support and they are agent of these powers. Where is haqqani ? and where is the case of Arsalan iftikhar ?

    How long they all will make fool to Pakistani people ?

    I think not too long.

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  • Dr.Sherazi
    Oct 15, 2013 - 3:32PM

    ridiculous….. pathetic…… unbelievable….. childish…..
    what is going on in Pakistan. On one side we are fighting terrorism and on the other side supporting the same quarters….
    Pakistan needs a thorough cleanup ideologically…

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  • ModiFied
    Oct 15, 2013 - 3:33PM

    Looks like a faction of TTP is already ruling Pakistan.

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  • asif
    Oct 15, 2013 - 3:59PM

    Modified, well said.

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  • Rex Minor
    Oct 15, 2013 - 4:49PM

    The justice of God takes its own route and sometimes takes longer than one estimates, bit it comes. No one who was involved in the desecrtaion of the Mosque, the house of God, will escape the wrath of the God of Ibrahim. The sanctity of the House of God is not to be violated under any circumstance and those who dare do will be accountable for their deed.This is what the scriptures say this precisely will transpire.

    Rex Minor

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  • AGHA ALI SHAH
    Oct 15, 2013 - 4:56PM

    what about ARMY OFFICERS ,who were martyred during ,LAL MASJID OPERATION…..any FIR Against ANY BODY……SHAME

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  • Waseem
    Oct 15, 2013 - 4:57PM

    Final Verdict: Lal Masjid operation was legitimate and according to the law of Pakistan. Case closes for ever.

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  • Oct 15, 2013 - 5:08PM

    Any idea who is running The Shuhada Foundation?

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  • sattar rind
    Oct 15, 2013 - 5:08PM

    What’s going on? We should stop this nonsense and may pay attention to existed issues

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  • ufaquarian
    Oct 15, 2013 - 6:08PM

    only 103 (including 11 security personnel) were killed not hundreds !

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  • A J Khan
    Oct 15, 2013 - 6:36PM

    The blood of Shaheed Lt Col Haroon ul Islam commanding officer 7 Cdo battalion is a debt against the Judiciary, parliament and the Armed Forces of Pakistan, who laid his life undertaking duty under the constitution of Pakistan. Shamefully his killers have been honored, acquitted and paid as compensation.
    Today we stand in grief with the families of the Shaheeds of Pakistan Army whose spilled blood wants their brothers to stand by them.
    If the judiciary is looking the other way, if Parliament has no concern, it should not stop us from seeking justice our way from his killers and supporters.

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  • A J Khan
    Oct 15, 2013 - 6:41PM

    Down with terrorists and red goons. Down with those who let them free and unleashed them on people of Pakistan.
    Lt Col haroon ul Islam Shaheed Zinda bad.

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  • jg
    Oct 15, 2013 - 7:12PM

    How this media turned its guns from the terrorists to men who died serving it is a big question.who is running this campaign of misinfornation.who is behind exonerating terrorists involved in challending the state remains a big question. Why is srmy so quite and not opening case against those who martyred the brave soldieras of this country.
    Shame on judiciary

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  • Straightalker
    Oct 15, 2013 - 7:42PM

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

    The writer of this article should be thoroughly ashamed of himself.

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  • huma
    Oct 15, 2013 - 7:43PM

    Abbasi,

    It seems to be a rip off of the Shaheed Foundation.

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  • Hamza
    Oct 15, 2013 - 8:07PM

    I would be happier if they killed the backstabbing judges and journalists who have ruined this country!!!

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  • Naseer
    Oct 15, 2013 - 8:35PM

    Pathetic situation. Terrorists are playing victims and the court is not only supporting the terrorists but also on their side. Justice is blind as well as corrupt too.

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  • elcay
    Oct 15, 2013 - 8:45PM

    What’s the point? He is a British Citizen.Highly unlikely to be extradicted in the absence of a treaty with British Govt.Recommend

  • Bilal
    Oct 15, 2013 - 9:45PM

    What about the rangers guy who was shot by the terrorists of Lal Masjid even before government started any operation?What about the cameraman who was killed by these terrorits?
    What is happening in this country?Terrorists kill us,when they see that they are going to be killed,they get arrested and than courts set them free and than those who arrested them get killed to get trialled in courts.Down with terrorists.Down with Lal so called Masjid.

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  • Gulkhaiz
    Oct 15, 2013 - 11:31PM

    I think this is the only country in the world where you are tried and humiliated for killing terrorists and criminals,and that too in the name of justice and human rights. People have forgotten when they were shouting that why govt is not taking out terrorists from Lal masjid. Reflection of social apathy towards justice. Pathetic!Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Oct 15, 2013 - 11:40PM

    @AGHA ALI SHAH:
    Those who violate the sanctity of house of God or kill other humans have no claims to martyrdom! Fools are those who delude themselves in such a belief..A murderer cannot at the same time be a martyr? Islam is a reigion of peace and peace for those who believe in it and peace for those who do not!!! let the people of Pakistan stop taking the role of almighty the God of the universe.

    Rex Minor

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  • Rex Minor
    Oct 15, 2013 - 11:55PM

    @Dr.Sherazi:

    You said it! Pakistan needs a cultural revolution as well as nationalisation of its institutions priority being given to the military and education, arab language and theology being mae compulsary. The army pedrsonnel should have the right to refuse orders which violates his belief and are not in accord with belief. How can any one in akistan claim to be a muslim and believe in God of Ibrahim, who allowed the first house built in his name in the city of KAABA?

    Rex Minor

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  • numbersnumbers
    Oct 16, 2013 - 2:49AM

    WOW, ” attack killed hundreds of students”!!!
    Please note lack of any credible reference THAT LISTS THE NAMES OF “HUNDREDS” KILLED!!!

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  • Ali
    Oct 16, 2013 - 11:21AM

    People who had weapons inside the mosque are the culprits
    Why? They had weapons
    Why? Did they fire
    Why? Did they threaten citizens
    Why? Did they burn cars
    Why? We are calling them students

    If you want a sissy government, then it’s your lucky day have one now

    You want uprising and threats to the rit of the government… Enjoy than.

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  • Rex Minor
    Oct 16, 2013 - 3:53PM

    @Ali:

    Plese do not try to relatavise violence nor play the children gamed, who justify their reactions by blaming others being the one who started first. Two wrongs do not make one right, is the lesson for a civilised Homo Sapean! Think over it; there is always an alternative to violence!! Let the accused present their defense in the context of your version? The y of the peers will have no choice but eturn the Verdict of ‘Guilty’.This is what the scriptures say and this is what must transpire.

    Rex Minor

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  • Mirza Asad Baig
    Oct 16, 2013 - 7:13PM

    @Rex Minor:

    oh yes let the country be taken over by Al Qaeeda and Taliban. Well done for not have balls!

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  • Kamran
    Oct 17, 2013 - 5:03AM

    I dont think its the end of the world but Pakistan is heading to an end created by taliban supporting Judiciary who has no remorse in freeing terrorists and not doing any trials on them for killing innocent citizens.

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  • Rex Minor
    Oct 17, 2013 - 1:09PM

    @Mirza Asad Baig:
    No one is taking over your country! stop the trail of Paranoia! Fear me and no one else is God’s commandment. The House of God belongs to no one else than God the creator. If Pakistani muslims do nt understand this, they have no reason to make a visit to perform Haj or participate in the feast of Eid this day:

    Rex Minor

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