Sons of former Lal Masjid cleric arrested in Islamabad

Updated September 23, 2015

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Sons of deceased Lal Masjid cleric Ghazi Abdul Rasheed, Haroon and Haris. ─ DawnNews screengrab
Sons of deceased Lal Masjid cleric Ghazi Abdul Rasheed, Haroon and Haris. ─ DawnNews screengrab

ISLAMABAD: Two suspected terrorists arrested from Islamabad's F-6 sector late on Tuesday have been identified as the sons of deceased Lal Masjid cleric Ghazi Abdul Rasheed.

The suspects identified as Haris and Haroon were arrested by a joint team of Police and Rangers who were patrolling the area at the time.

An army uniform and a handgun were seized from their vehicle. A First Information Report (FIR) was lodged against the 'terrorists' for the possession of a weapon at the Kohsar police station.

The suspects are being questioned by authorities.

According to DawnNews, a Lal Masjid spokesman said the FIR is an attempt to bar the sons in their attempts to pursue a case against former president Musharraf who was charged for the murder of the Lal Masjid cleric.

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The spokesman said that no uniform had been recovered from the car and that only a weapon was present in the vehicle. He added that the recovered weapon was licensed.

Lal Masjid’s Abdul Rashid Ghazi's body was found in the basement of Jamia Hafsa as the security forces’ 2007 Operation Silence neared its culmination.

A large number of people including militants, seminary students and military troops were killed in the operation.

Despite strong concerns from religious quarters, a clean-up operation against seminaries and terror-funding outfits has expanded into the federal capital.

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