Police clear Musharraf of blame in 'Lal Masjid' murder case

Published: October 30, 2013
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Pervez Musharraf was under arrest soon after being granted bail in three other cases. PHOTO: AFP

Pervez Musharraf was under arrest soon after being granted bail in three other cases. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Former president and dictator Pervez Musharraf was nominated under Section II of the police report after the joint investigation team completed its investigations for the ‘Lal Masjid’ murder case, Express News reported on Wednesday.

Musharraf was recently placed under arrest again on charges of murdering prayer leader Abdul Rasheed Ghazi in the infamous ‘Lal Masjid operation’ of 2007.

Express News correspondent Qamarul Munawwar obtained a copy of the joint investigation team post-investigation report on Wednesday.

The report has Musharraf’s name placed in Section II, which pertains to those accused of assisting in a crime as opposed to having directly perpetrated it.

Munawwar said that the police team had recorded statements by Musharraf along with input from witnesses.

However, the petitioner Haroon Rasheed Ghazi was not able to provide any solid evidence against Musharraf. Hence, Musharraf could not be blamed directly.

The court’s final decision on the case will be announced on Friday, Nov 1.

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  • Faraz
    Oct 30, 2013 - 5:09PM

    Sanity prevails!Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Oct 30, 2013 - 5:12PM

    Hmm. What to do now? Go and come up with some new concoction, but for God sake send some intelligent people to blame an intelligent man, don’t insult him by forcing him to deal with likes of these mullah & sons, let them be covered under ‘burqas’ where Mullah Aziz was hiding and deserves to hide his shameless face. Recommend

  • Malik Liaquat Hussain
    Oct 30, 2013 - 5:19PM

    Good News he will hero soon.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 30, 2013 - 5:27PM

    So, the best thing we gave him credit of doing, he didn’t do it. Recommend

  • A-No.1
    Oct 30, 2013 - 5:32PM

    Mush should press charges against Haroon Rashid the petitioner.Recommend

  • A J Khan
    Oct 30, 2013 - 5:34PM

    These terror brothers should be hauled for
    1. Murdering soldiers,
    2. Declaring war on State,
    3. Attacking, assaulting and intimidating peaceful citizens of Islamabad,
    4. Ransacking public property
    5. Defamation of State Institutions & false accusations.
    6. Sacrilegious misuse of Mosque
    7. Harboring terrorists and fugitives.
    8. Keeping Illegal weapons and ExplosivesRecommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 30, 2013 - 5:35PM

    We knew this coward has accomplished nothing. Our brave soldiers could not tolerate the fall of Islamabad and gave their lives to impose writ of the state while their commander in chief was unaware. Shame on him.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Oct 30, 2013 - 5:43PM

    Musharraf was a good leader but his few acts buried him that even liberals can’t overlook. Supporting MQM and the 12th May massacre are few things which can’t be tolerated/forgiven.Recommend

  • Dr. A.K.Tewari
    Oct 30, 2013 - 5:45PM

    Congratulations !!. Mr. ex-president of Pakistan . Your path has to be followed for the betterment of the Pakistan who so ever may be in power at Islamabad…………..Recommend

  • Frank Observer
    Oct 30, 2013 - 5:56PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Do you get paid for writing against everyone but your bosses in Raiwand? Is it a full time job or do you get paid for every comment you post? In any case, you’ve done well for yourself by getting this job. Can you please tell me how I can apply for this job? I need some extra cash on the side. Do you know if PML-N are looking for more slaves like you?Recommend

  • Col. Zaid Hamid
    Oct 30, 2013 - 5:57PM

    In my opinion what ever President did was in best interest of Pakistan. Recommend

  • Mohammad
    Oct 30, 2013 - 5:59PM

    Alhamdulillah – Victory is very near My Dear Leader…! Recommend

  • Khy2Khi
    Oct 30, 2013 - 6:02PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: Chawdry Sahab correction please: The correct line would be “Pak Soldiers” not “our soldiers”. They were not Indian soldiers. They don’t work here in Islamabad, you can But they can’t sir!Recommend

  • Mohammad
    Oct 30, 2013 - 6:02PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: and shame on your for these ignorant comments! go drink some milk and sleep. Recommend

  • Kpk2Khi
    Oct 30, 2013 - 6:04PM

    @Faisal:
    What! Supporting MQM is considered illegal in Pakistan? I did not know that?
    Oh but may be supporting the Looters and the innocent killers is Ok, right?Recommend

  • elcay
    Oct 30, 2013 - 6:17PM

    @ A J Khan,

    Do you think the govt. of Nawaz Shariff, the arch enemy of Musharaff will do what you are suggesting? The current govt.is fully sympathetic to all fundamentalists.Recommend

  • Indra
    Oct 30, 2013 - 6:19PM

    Pakistan has never, can never, produce a class politician like Gandhi, Nehru, Indira, Rajeev or even Atal.It has had a history of failures.Peace..Hari aumRecommend

  • Oct 30, 2013 - 6:22PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Your comments make you a deserving candiadte for spit on your faceRecommend

  • Tufan Agha
    Oct 30, 2013 - 6:43PM

    Chaudhry may be contemplating another case through his cronies & judicial goonsRecommend

  • Malik Hamza
    Oct 30, 2013 - 6:56PM

    Finally! Gen saab always said these these cases have no legs to stand on !
    Harron the son terrorist filed in FIR in Musharraf case as he wants revenge !
    I bet his son will follow the steps of his terrorist dad.
    Long alive Gen Saab Recommend

  • wajid
    Oct 30, 2013 - 7:11PM

    @Frank Observer:

    I also want to work for Noora League !

    Recommend

  • samonrusty
    Oct 30, 2013 - 7:29PM

    I believe Musharraf should be charged with the crime of not taking a tougher stand against these shameful hijackers of our religion. What I do, is between me and my God or whatever spiritual path one has chosen for oneself. It is no darn business of any fake mulla.

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  • Khan
    Oct 30, 2013 - 7:36PM

    Great !! I think Mushi was absolutely right taking care of those militants.

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  • Abid Mohiuddin
    Oct 30, 2013 - 7:42PM

    Congratulations.
    Musharraf will be released on Nov Ist IA .We are all waiting for that happy moment andwill be turning point in Pakistan IA when he will be free to give interview again

    Sub Se Pahle Pakistan

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  • Zaka
    Oct 30, 2013 - 7:47PM

    Why is ET writing Musharraf a dictator. He was for better democratic than the current heads of the main political parties. Musharraf is honest, patriotic, courageous, thoughtful and brave leader. No match to him. God bless him, he will emerge as victorious.

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  • Akber
    Oct 30, 2013 - 7:49PM

    @Faisal:

    That was just one of the best thing Musharraf did and supported MQM. That was one of the best time to be in Karachi job and stability wise. The city changed dramatically. There is lots of politics and thats unfortunate but i dont ever doubt that Musharraf ever thinks bad for his country. Pakistan First and long live Musharraf.

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  • Breaking Bad
    Oct 30, 2013 - 7:49PM

    looking forward to musharraf winning by elections from somewhere on PTI ticket hehehehe

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  • Ali Syed
    Oct 30, 2013 - 7:54PM

    Very Good news.Recommend

  • F.A.
    Oct 30, 2013 - 8:00PM

    Yes…If Abdul Aziz ghazi could not be proved guilty in our courts, If it could not be proved that there were weapons in Laal masjid…then it is impossible to prove that operation silence was ordered by general musharraf.Recommend

  • Gup Shup
    Oct 30, 2013 - 8:14PM

    @ Indra: Thank God!

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  • hamza khan
    Oct 30, 2013 - 8:17PM

    @Faisal:

    he didnt support MQM, MQM supported him. in their place, any number of parties had the same option (i.e PTI, JI, etc). they chose not to, and MQM has a vast and long history of controlling sindh and karachi. musharraf co-opted them, took them along, and in the process gave karachi perhaps its best years under mustafa kamal. this is a fact. what happened on may 12th is not just MQMs fault, but collective responsibility of all political parties (PPP members were armed to begin with) and not to forget dear CJ who maliciously drove his car from the airport when the govt had in fact offered him a helicopter to avoid this type of scenario.

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  • Candid1
    Oct 30, 2013 - 8:29PM

    The fact that these complaints are even registered amply demonstrates the political vendetta being waged against Musharraf. Even this police report has not completely cleared him, since “the report has Musharraf’s name placed in Section II, which pertains to those accused of assisting in a crime as opposed to having directly perpetrated it.”

    Since when did stopping terrorist activities become a crime? Oh, I forgot… since Nawaz Sharif’s government came to power.

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  • Ahmed Ali Khan
    Oct 30, 2013 - 8:35PM

    Congrats General Sahib soon you will be free from all false cases. Its already been too long detention for you. We(like minded individual) want to hear from you again. I wish I could sue all those people who was reason of his house arrest for nothing.

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  • Waseem
    Oct 30, 2013 - 8:50PM

    you will see, police, judiciary and politician will all fail and Musharraf will succeed.

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  • Kamal
    Oct 30, 2013 - 9:01PM

    Mr Ch Allah Dad, lift the veil of ethnic prejudice from your eyes. Just remember, the fate of Pakistan is decided as much in Sindh as in Punjab. Now take a Lassi and think of what I wrote. I mean if you can think!!!

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 30, 2013 - 9:06PM

    @Col. Zaid Hamid:
    Colonel Sahib. President Musharaf stated that he did not order the operation, but you are giving him credit of that action.

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  • jg
    Oct 30, 2013 - 9:27PM

    @Indra:
    well we are great ful to God then. time will tell who was the bigger leader.so far, Nehru and Gandhi dont have good standing here amongst pakistanis.

    well, read the intelligent indian foreign minister nabi azaad stratetgic gameplan;

    UNLESS INDIA KEEPS ITS ITS ANIMOSITY ALIVE WITH PAKISTAN, INTERNALLY INDIA WILL REMAIN MORE STABLE.

    Recommend

  • Oct 30, 2013 - 9:30PM

    @ Waseem
    Please wait till December 10,2013. The era of settling personal scores will come to an end

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  • salim
    Oct 30, 2013 - 9:36PM

    @Abid Mohiuddin:
    Lets keep our fingers crossed and pray for the best. The wolves may ‘cook’ up another case

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  • khan of quetta
    Oct 30, 2013 - 10:29PM

    @Indra:
    yeh right why would we want hindu leaders?Recommend

  • Imtiaz
    Oct 30, 2013 - 10:31PM

    Abdul Rashid Gazi was a terrrorist who killed 11 Pakistani soldiers at the sight of Lal Masjid, instead declaring him and his alive brother terrorist the government is prosecuing noble person Pervez Musharraf who is fully innocent.

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  • Asad Khan
    Oct 30, 2013 - 10:55PM

    PML-N’s Police unable to complete inquiry of simple Treason Case but completed LalMasjid Case in 6 days

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  • Imran Ahmed
    Oct 31, 2013 - 1:35AM

    @A J Khan:
    Please add to the list. I find that their not vacating women and children out of the battle zone the most despicable act. Claiming to act for Islam they murdered their own wards by using them as human shields. Can there be a more callous and cowardly crime?
    What about the defamation of religion?
    Who can forget watching Bilquis Edhi pleading with the Lal Masjid mullahs for the children’s innocent lives and being ignored?
    Of course in cold blooded hindsight loss of life could have been minimized.

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  • Sa
    Oct 31, 2013 - 9:52AM

    @Indra:

    Keep all these with you we don’t need them.
    thanks

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Oct 31, 2013 - 11:37AM

    Government and Pakistani courts are wasting just time and money on Musharraf’s cases because there is nothing going to happen to Musharraf now and in the future Insha Allah Almighty because there is nothing going to prove against Musharraf just because of Musharraf’s innocence.At least now close all the cases against Musharraf and release him honorably and pay the attentions on the other severe issues the nation is facing now-a-days….

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  • Zain Abbass
    Oct 31, 2013 - 5:11PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    If you had a brain and did your research about Musharraf you would realize that the man is not a coward. You would have also realized if you had even a little bit of common sense that he was behind the actions. This is just some legal maneuvering being done because the courts of this country are apologists. In any other country in the world they would have praised Musharraf for this action and hailed the martyrs who fought these animals room to room.

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