ISLAMABAD - AMIR JALIL BOBRA -


The advocate on record of the victims of Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa has filed an application in the apex court against the report of one-man judicial commission constituted on the Supreme Court’s order in December 2012 for probing the 2007 bloodbath in Lal Masjid.
According to details, Tariq Asad, counsel for victims of Lal Masjid operation, has raised the objections against the findings of Lal Masjid commission comprising Justice Shehzado Sheikh of the Federal Shariat Court. Similarly, the major cause of the bloodbath was the demolition of seven mosques and further plan of demolition of 80 mosques including Lal Masjid, which were considered to be security risk for President’s VVIP route.
While examining the causes of operation, some important questions need to be answered by the government: Was military operation the only available solution? Why did the negotiations fail to bear fruit? Who was responsible for sabotaging the amicable settlement? Why were the members of negotiation committee restrained from entering the premises of Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa for dialogue with Ghazi Rashid? Why was the media not allowed to enter Lal Masjid and Jamia Hifsa while Ghazi Rashid repeatedly was asking to send the media inside? Why were the dead bodies burnt and destroyed by phosphorus to make them unidentified? How were new unused weapons recovered from the building and where are those now? Why was the Jamia Hafsa building demolished so promptly? Why was reasonable care not taken to dispose of debris and who was responsible for it? As per record of the report, it is evident that 32 FIRs had been registered against the students, teachers and managements of Jamia Hafsa but the prosecution failed to prove any case or offence against the accused and all of them have been acquitted by the competent courts of law, only 7 or 8 FIRs are pending against Ghazi Abul Rashid who is shown “Untraced”.
But As far as FIRs against government functionaries responsible for this incident are concerned, no FIR has been registered against any person so far, however, some FIRs had been registered without nominating any accused although efforts had been made several times during the past to get FIR registered against the persons responsible for murders. It is, therefore, suggested that the orders be passed by this apex court in the light of recommendations to register cases against General (R) Pervez Musharraf, Shaukat Aziz and those who were responsible of murders of the people in Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa.
At the end it is recommended that even if there was the allegedly agenda of anyone, or there was a motive, subtle moves or machinations for the terminal punch, all the partners in power, more than willingly, dared on the dotted line and defended all his dictates. They share responsibility, which was potentially pregnant with liability linked to criminality. Even those who appeared from Pervez Musharaf’s team, placed responsibility, squarely, on him, although it is clear from their admissions, and even so from their evasions, that Shaukat Aziz was also in the loop, along with the cabinet members and coalition partners, as his complete team.