More trouble for Musharraf after Pak SC calls for making Lal Masjid report public



Islamabad: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has announced that it would make public the findings of the report by the Lal Masjid Commission, which will put former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf in more trouble if incriminating remarks are found against him in the report.

This was announced by a three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

The bench said in its order that the Lal Masjid incident was witnessed by all and that the proceedings of the commission were not in-camera because the media had already widely reported on its proceedings, reports The Express Tribune.

The report was compiled after the apex court had tasked a one-man commission to investigate the causes that led to the Lal Masjid operation.

The commission, headed by Justice Shahzado Shiekh of the Federal Shariat Court, was also tasked to look into the possibility of fixing responsibility against those persons found to be behind the entire incident.

The Lal Masjid conflict had started in January 22, 2007, when students of the Jamia Hafsa forcibly occupied an adjacent children's library in retaliation to the razing of seven ''unauthorised'' mosques by the Islamabad city administration.

Special forces of the army stormed the mosque after suspension of water and electricity supply to the building failed to subdue the militants holed up inside.

During its investigations the commission recorded the statements of 300 witnesses. Some of the key people who have appeared before the commission include PML-Q's Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, former minister for religious affairs Ijazul Haq, Tariq Azeem, Mohammad Ali Durrani, former education minister Javed Ashraf Qazi and Aftaf Khan Sherpao.

ANI