ISLAMABAD - The one-man judicial commission, probing the 2007 bloodbath in Lal Masjid, has issued show cause notices to Chairman CDA, Syed Tahir Shahbaz, and Director General, National Crises Management Cell, for not providing required record timely and directed them to present the record on January 08. According to the statement, the commission also issued show cause notice to the chairman of state-run television channel Rasheed Ahmad and some journalists over non-presentation of required record and summoned them on January 09. The commission also directed the chairman PEMRA to take legal action for obtaining required record from the TV channels.

The commission inquiring into the July 3-11, 2007 bloody operation that killed 103 people, including family members of Maulana Abdul Aziz, head cleric of the mosque, teachers and students of the seminaries and 10 security personnel, has so far has recorded statements of 82 eyewitnesses of Lal Masjid tragedy out of total 294 witnesses that were enlisted to record their statements.

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.

Justice Shehzado Sheikh of the Federal Shariat Court, who heads the commission, is to hear 294 witnesses in all after which some 15 government officials of that period would be called to depose before the commission set up by the Supreme Court.

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.