THIS is apropos the editorial (April 23) on the lopsided findings and recommendations of the Lal Masjid commission. Being a retired soldier I can fully understand the ramifications of such an operation in an atmosphere of emotional blackmail and religious extremism.

The operation was based on sound advice and prolonged consultations of all active players, the political leadership and top clergy, including the Imam of Kaaba. The top priority was to facilitate a safe exit to the occupants, but the defiant militants, headed by Maulvi Abdul Rashid, refused all logical pleadings and advice.

He, with the help of his cellphone, remained in constant communication with the media and some unknown advisers who wanted a showdown and a title of ‘martyr’ for him.

It is on record that before the operation was launched his brother Abdul Aziz, who too was a maulvi in the same complex, tried to persuade him to leave the complex and surrender but he remained firm, challenging the government’s writ.

I wish the one-man commission on Lal Masjid had asked at least one question of those who hold Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf solely responsible for the Lal Masjid operation: if the burqa-clad Maulvi Abdul Aziz and his wife, Umme Hussan, along with a crowd of hundreds of students, could get a safe exit, who had stopped the remaining lot to come out of the complex? Who subsequently forced them to become cannon fodder?

LT COL (r) SAFARAZ HUSSAIN ABIDI Karachi

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Comments (11)

ysk
May 15, 2013 9:21 am
Agreed....The same media was talking up the WHERE IS THE RIT OF THE GOVT before and during the incident.....
Khan
May 15, 2013 2:05 pm
I fully agree. Gen Musharaf has done what was needed to be done for the sake of Pakistan.
Naseer
May 15, 2013 2:49 pm
This is the reason terrorists are getting stronger. Courts are finding terrorists innocent. Now if the army goes after INNOCENT terrorists, tomorrow they can be held accountable by courts.
Nasr
May 15, 2013 4:47 pm
Nothing is settled against Musharaf and It should not be as some quarters of people and media are thinking and propagating although ground realities after the election has worsen for his cases as after election at helm of the affairs are his enemies. I hope better sense will prevail and the atmosphere of Revenge and Vengeance will cool down.
khalidmurad1
May 16, 2013 8:01 pm
One thousand percent correctly brought out facts. This shows the ugly face of our so call Independent Judiciary. Who would call them judges, whose Chief coaxed and enticed his loyals to frame cases against Musharraf, by giving open statement in all main news papers? Would you call them judges, who convicted Musharraf without trial? Would you call it court, where black coat terrorist attack guardss and Rangers personnel? Are they not all alike? May Allah save us all and our country from them.
Benish
May 16, 2013 9:47 am
Absolutely right. What gives the Lal Masjid molvies a right to occupy a Govt. property? What is the logic behind storing huge loads of ammunition and weapons in a masjid? Why they were spreading haterate?
Omer
May 15, 2013 4:05 pm
Lal masgid operation was a correct one but Pakistanis will never accept it.
SJH
May 15, 2013 11:05 pm
Spot on with your question, and absolutely agree with your view. Another question that should've been asked was why was there such a lot of ammunition and fire power inside a mosque anyways?
Jude Allen
May 15, 2013 6:23 am
Well said!!
Naved
May 15, 2013 6:36 am
Lal masjid report is biased. Some people in Pakistan are after Pervaiz Musharraf. They want revenge, one way or other.
F.Z
May 15, 2013 7:52 am
Whats the point of speaking out now when everything is settled against Musharraf..!!!
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