ISLAMABAD - The Shuhada Foundation of Pakistan on Monday said it will file an FIR against Maulana Abdul Aziz for pardoning General (retd) Pervez Musharraf in the Lal Masjid operation case.
Tariq Asad, lawyer of Shuhada Foundation, said: “Last week Maulana Abdul Aziz, the cleric of Lal Masjid, under pressure had pardoned Pervez Musharraf, therefore, they were contemplating to file an FIR against him for pardoning the former army chief.”
Since the statement of Maulana Aziz to pardon the former army chief in the Lal Masjid operation the differences between Maulana Aziz and the Shuhada Foundation have widened.
Tariq Asad told a two-member bench of the Supreme Court that though the report of Lal Masjid Judicial Inquiry Commission was made public but denied the access to those documents, submitted before the commission in sealed envelopes. He said the disclosure of those documents would provide true facts of the Lal Masjid operation. The bench comprising Justice Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman and Justice Faisal Arab, was hearing the petition of Lal Masjid Shuhada Foundation to open the sealed envelope.
The Supreme Court in April 2013, while ordering to make the Lal Masjid Commission report public, had stated that the remaining envelopes/documents shall be opened, on need to know basis, at the appropriate time.
Attorney General Salman Butt submitted that if the evidence in envelops made public then it would create security problems for many. He, however, said Law of Evidence provides protection to the witnesses.
The AGP said the confidential documents of the commission if made public would affect the proceeding of the trial court. Upon that the counsel of Shuhada Foundation said the federal government is already influencing the judges of trial court. Contradicting his statement, the AGP stated that the federation had nothing to do with the trial court hearing, therefore, there was no need of such remarks.
The court ordered the Lal Masjid counsel to file a statement that if the documents in sealed envelopes are made public then who would be responsible for the security of witnesses.
Shahid Orakzai, who impleaded party in the case, contended that there is no legal sanctity of Inquiry Commission report. The court therefore sought reply from the Attorney General on the legal status of judicial commission report.
Tariq Asad said philanthropists, who were providing ration to madrassa Jamia Hafza had been stopped. He said so far the government had not taken steps for the construction of Jamia Hafza. The apex court on October 2, 2007 had ordered the federal government to construct Jamia Hafza within one year and make interim arrangements of education and boarding and lodging within one month.
The top court had also directed that all the necessary expenditure on the education of the students such as their books, meal and boarding and lodging including the salaries of the teachers shall be borne by the government. The case is adjourned for indefinite period.