Senior lawyer Ahmed Raza Kasuri told Dawn that the Lal Masjid operation was a state action and it couldn
Senior lawyer Ahmed Raza Kasuri told Dawn that the Lal Masjid operation was a state action and it couldn't be challenged in any court. He said blaming the former army chief for the operation and levelling blasphemy allegations against him would be fatal for the national security. — File Photo

ISLAMABAD: A lawyer on Monday moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking action against former president Pervez Musharraf under the blasphemy law for allegedly desecrating the holy Quran and other religious books during the July 2007 Lal Masjid operation.

In his petition, advocate Tariq Asad, who is the counsel for the newly-established Shuhada Foundation of Pakistan Trust, contended that Musharraf was responsible for launching the operation during which “not only a large number of civilians were killed but also copies of the holy Quran, religious books and research materials were destroyed.”

The petition said the objective of the operation was “not only to commit murders of religious scholars, preachers and teachers but also to destroy the mission of the preaching of Islam, which prima facie was tantamount to the commission of the offence of blasphemy.”

It may be mentioned that last year the Supreme Court constituted a commission headed by Justice Shehzado Sheikh of the Federal Shariat Court to probe into the Lal Masjid operation.

The commission in March this year submitted its report to the apex court.

However, during the four-month-long proceedings of the commission, neither advocate Tariq Asad, who represented the Lal Masjid administration, nor anyone else raised the issue of blasphemy.

When contacted, advocate Asad said the scope of the commission was limited; therefore, he did not use the blasphemy issue before it.

“It was a commission not a court where one could seek such a remedy,” he said.

“Since Musharraf has committed blasphemy, he must be booked under the relevant law as well,” he added.

Senior lawyer Ahmed Raza Kasuri told Dawn that the Lal Masjid operation was a state action and it couldn't be challenged in any court.

He said blaming the former army chief for the operation and levelling blasphemy allegations against him would be fatal for the national security.

"These people are giving a wrong message to the army by harassing the former military chief,” he claimed.

“If the court allows the trial of Musharraf on the basis of such frivolous petitions, tomorrow a number of petitions would also be filed against the incumbent army chief and even every second lieutenant for taking part in Swat and Waziristan operations as well,” he added.


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optimist
Oct 15, 2013 10:31pm

So if someone holhs Quran in one hand and a Klashinkof in the other, the police should let the man kill in-discrimiantely and not fire on the person for fear of blasmepemy law. I wonder if the lawyer paseed the bar examination.

Ammar
Oct 15, 2013 11:54pm

Nadeem Chaudhry
Oct 16, 2013 06:51pm

1.The Grand Mosque Seizure on 20 November 1979, was a terrorist attack and takeover of the Al-Masjid al-Haram in Makkah. 2. A violent clash between Shia pilgrims and demonstrators and the Saudi Arabian security forces during the Hajj pilgrimage, which led to the deaths of over 400 people, occurred in Mecca on 31 July 1987 3. Lal Masjid was occupied by armed insurgents. A place of worship was being used to hold hostage the nations Capitol.

What's blasphemous about Musharraf deciding to flush out the rats.Should the Royals of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia face charges of blasphemy for their actions on 1&2?

Nadeem Chaudhry
Oct 16, 2013 07:15pm

Advocate Asad may himself be committing "blasphemy" against The Quran, and the teachings of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) by:

  1. Promoting or appear to be advocating violence in a mosque
  2. Leveling charges or even being suspicious of the intent of the government of the time without producing legible evidence
  3. Misrepresenting the true intent of the occupiers of Lal Masjid with false claims

I think a new and a fresh perspective is in order to avoid "anyone" leveling blasphemy charges on "anyone" based on personal bias. This is a slippery slope and will not benefit anyone.

PS: I have not the used word " has committed " in my opening statement.

Moho
Oct 16, 2013 07:26pm

Cant find a charge to convict him???

jg
Oct 17, 2013 01:14am

its high time that army supreme court should a stop to this madness.this advocate says that it was murder then what about killing or 11 soldiers defying constituion using mosque for terrorism kidnapping destruction of govt property bearing illegal arms establishing illegal check posts putting lives of hundreds at risk through brainwashing challenging the state laws

who is this ignorant advocate anyways and what is this shuhda foundation

sarwat
Oct 17, 2013 02:58am

This lawyer, I already forgot his name, (he is not even worth scrolling back to see his name) should have been snubbed by the court for wasting court's time. Anyways, these guys are nobody lawyers who don't get any cases, in order to give themselves a boost they are trying to get famous. Mr. try hard. I wonder if he understands the meaning of this.

khan
Oct 17, 2013 03:38am

The corrupt politicians and bureacrasy is desperate to get Mushrraf out of the way and now they are making up cases to keep him out

GM
Oct 17, 2013 06:14am

I wish somebody can file case against "Shuhada foundation".

bkt
Oct 17, 2013 07:18pm

The best thing about all this tendency is that after every army officer, soldier and policemen have been held accountable for blasphemy, then all those under the religious banner would be convicted of treason against Pakistan and hanged by neck. After all, all the religious parties were against the establishment of Pakistan. And since we are setting the record straight, why not start at the very beginning?

Kool
Oct 18, 2013 02:38pm

The man who has achieved the head of army post of country , and he who take over the country considering well being of country is now doubted . The right and wrong doing cannot be judge just by few people . They should have late him stand for election and let people decide.