Lal Masjid operation 2007: Musharraf held responsible
Islamabad: The Lal Masjid commission report has held former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf, former prime minister Shaukat Aziz and his political allies, responsible for the 2007 operation on the mosque in which 103 people were killed.
The commission, consisting of Justice Shehzada Sheikh of the Federal Shariat Court (FSC), recommended that those responsible for the operation should have murder cases registered against them and suggested that the former rulers of the country should be forced to pay compensations to the aggrieved families, reports The Dawn.
The report, that was submitted to the Supreme Court by the commission on March 22, 2013, said that it was quite clear from the number, level and nature of state actors, that they could have only moved, maneuvered and acted on all-inclusive direction and potent command. This also shows that the coalition partners in power, particularly the prime minister and the cabinet were not absolutely in the dark, it added.
In evasive statements, according to reports, public office holders admitted negligence or failure to take cognizance of the human tragedy by not responding to the situation through their own judgments and decisions and not implementing the writ of the government.
It added that the prime minister and cabinet members "share responsibility which clearly carries liability with criminality".
The commission held that Shaukat Aziz was in the loop along with the cabinet members and coalition partners as his compliant team.
The commission also gave some short term and long term recommendations to fix the wrongs that were committed during the Lal Masjid incident.
It recommended that the aggrieved families should be given compensation in accordance with the Islamic laws. And that any person who was injured or disabled in the incident may also be paid compensation and given coverage for complete medical treatment.
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