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Lal Masjid report

Published Apr 28, 2013 09:52am


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THIS is with reference to your editorial ‘Not the full picture’ (April 23) concerning the Lal Masjid commission report which absolves the army and places the whole blame on Pervez Musharraf, Shaukat Aziz and the cabinet at that time.

The implementation of the Lal Masjid commission report will determine whether we are to be ruled by a democratic dispensation or the so-called flawed Sharia of the Taliban.

For Pakistan this (the implementation of the commission report) is going to be a crucial decision whether we sink forever or survive the death blows of an enemy that wants to take Pakistan into the stone age and obscurantism. Isn’t this exactly what America also wants to do with us because we are the only Muslim nuclear-armed state?

If the Taliban are blaming Pakistan for joining with the infidels, then aren’t the Taliban also working on the same format with the US against the only Muslim nuclear state unless Pakistan disarms itself nuclear-wise?

Your editorial is spot on when you say, “But before the state files murder charges -- as recommended by the one-judge commission -- we must ask whether these recommendations are in consonance with some aspects of the affair that need greater critical appraisal.

In other words, the sensitive nature of such an investigation should have entailed far broader terms of reference for the commission than merely affixing blame and focusing on compensation issues.

I had warned when the Lal Masjid commission was set up (Jan 1) of the dangers which you have so effectively mentioned regarding the three crucial aspects of the Lal Masjid operation, namely, that it was an institutional decision and not solely that of Gen Musharraf will put the spanner in the works of the one-judge commission report.

Then you say, “True, there was justification for the operation,” is a point that should put an end to the rantings of the politicians who are trying to gain mileage out of an issue that has been distorted beyond recognition to the advantage of the Taliban.

The writ of the state was challenged, as you rightly pointed out, with moral courts and heavy weaponry stashed in the mosque and yet the commission report is amazingly silent on these issues: issues that challenge the very existence of Pakistan.

I ask every Pakistani to look within himself and ask, ‘Is this what our beloved Quaid wanted for a secular Pakistan?’

With inept people ruling, we are systematically destroying the very ethos of this beloved country of ours.



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Zaheer Apr 28, 2013 01:43pm
Well said and I fully endorse your view.
S. Tanwir Hasan Apr 28, 2013 02:09pm
One judge commission and that judge also from so called Shariat court. The outcome of report should be obvious to all normal people.
Naseer Apr 28, 2013 04:18am
Agree 100%. Government forces did not fire a single shot for seven days. Gave enough time for the people who did not want to fight the state. Action was only taken when there was no other option. It is for us to decide whether we want the terrorists to win or we want the supremacy of law. Another dangerous thing is that now army will be very reluctant to take any action against Taliban anywhere.
malole Apr 28, 2013 06:15am
I have not read the report but from the newpapers it is reportedly said to pay compensation to the people who died. What is next? Paying compensation to all those who have died in drone attacks and also to suicide bombers?
Taqi Ramzan Apr 28, 2013 06:13pm
we are to see more than that sir ,,,,see wat happens............
Khota Apr 28, 2013 08:41am
Let the facts come out, then the nation can decide. Don't jump the gun before that.
Tariq Shamsi Apr 28, 2013 09:16am
An excellent letter explaining the threshold on the nation stands. I may not go as far as to include a US conspiracy but the fact remains, yes the writ of Government was challenged and yes a self imposed understanding of the Sharia was being propagated. It is sad that in our country no one stops to think in the long term. Bhutto, though himself a drinking man, never thought what would be the long term implications of bringing the Mullahs center stage when he declared Friday the weekly holiday, banned alcohol and night clubs and appointed a professionally below par and self-proclaimed defender of the faith as the Chief of the Army. Similarly, Zia never thought of the long term implications and fall out of trying to turn the Armed Forces into a
Shaukat Apr 28, 2013 04:46pm
The sole purpose of the commission is to prove the the terrorist of the LAL MASJID were just innocent. The commission should look into video clips showing the armed terrorist.
M. Siddique USA Apr 28, 2013 10:22pm
Well said. I wonder if the commission was unbiased? The fact the Lal Masjod folks took over illegal land and annexed it with the House of Allah. Was that justified. To establish the writ of the government army be called and miscreants must be evicted. If miscreants store arms in Masjid then they should also be charged for violating the sanctity of the masjid. Those hoodlums did not deserve any mercy who caused the death of common citizens.
Ali Apr 29, 2013 12:07am
No the US does not want us to go back to the stone age because we are the only Nuclear armed Muslim state. Our people are a danger to the world precisely because our thiking is regressing and we don't think of basic Islamic values of tolerance and inclusion as necessary. Otherwise good points made in this letter.
M. Alvi Apr 29, 2013 03:26am
What facts are you waiting for? We are talking about the report that is already out.
M. Alvi Apr 29, 2013 03:30am
That one man commission report is worth nothing. It is equivalent to appointing the leader of the insurgency the commission chairman.
Zia Apr 29, 2013 03:57am
Pakistani judges and people supporting them have become blind to the reality where insurgency is being legitimized. This is a shame on judiciary and the politicians supporting. I think those supporting the judicial decision can never be at the helm of affairs and if they are doing this to get cheap political mileage then how one can expect good governance from them and how they will justify themselves in the international community. I think they are paving the way for army takeover as now everyday they are giving sufficient proof of their incompetence by issuing irresponsible statements.
khalidmurad1 Apr 29, 2013 07:41pm
After having suffered the rigours of democracy and mullahs, now people of Pakistan should have rule of Law by this Pakistani Judiciary, as their punishment for not learning lessons. Judge Sahib of Pakistan Judiciary, has legalised the stacking of lethal weapons in the mosque and declared the killers of Army officers and troops as innocent. Whereas he ordered action against Musharraf for cleaning up the mosque. They have made themselves international laughing stock.