ISLAMABAD – The Judicial Commission constituted to probe into the Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa incident has summoned former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf and former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz to appear before the commission in the second week of February.On July 3, 2007, former president Pervez 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.While on Thursday PML-Q president Chaudhry Shujat Hussain, former Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Ijaz ul Haq and Tariq Azeem (former Minister for Information) appeared before the commission and got recorded their statements whereas Muhammad Ali Durrani, former Federal Minister for Information, who was summoned on Thursday made a request to appear before the commission on Friday.The Commission summoned Sumaira Malik (ex-Federal Minister), Chaudhary Wajahat Hussain (ex-MNA), Abdul Sattar Edhi (social worker), Begum Bilqis Edhi (Social worker), Aftab ahmad Khan Sherpao (ex-Minister for Interior), Javed Ashraf Qazi (ex-Minister for Education), Aneesa Zaib Tahirkheili (ex-state Minister for Education), Zafar Iqbal Warrich, ex-state Minister for Interior), Senator Talha Mehmood, Mushahid Hussain Sayed (ex-MNA), Liaqat Baloch (Ex-MNA), Shah Abdul Aziz (Ex-MNA),for 01-02-2013, Sardar Asmat Ullah(Ex-president High Court Bar, Rawalpindi), Sajid Ilyas Bhatti (Ex-General secretary High Court Bar, Rawalpindi), Raja Khalid Ismail Abbasi (Ex-President District Bar Rawalpindi), Syed Intizar Mehdi Shah (Ex-General Secretary District Bar, Rawalpindi), Taufiq Asif (Advocate Supreme Court), Malik Waheed Anjum (Advocate Supreme Court) on February 2.The Commission has also decided to summon the ulema, who had negotiated between the government and the Lal Masjid administration.The Judicial Commission has been tasked to probe into the reasons of Lal Masjid incident, how many people including men, women and from law enforcement agencies were killed, whether the state has paid the compensation to the heirs of killed people, whether the dead bodies were identified and handed over to their heirs, whether the action has been taken against the people who are responsible for the tragedy, whether the people who are responsible for the tragedy could be marked with the available evidences and facts.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 01-Feb-2013 here.