SC wants FIR registered against Lal Masjid operation


Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJ) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Monday said an FIR against the operation in Lal Masjid must have been registered. A three-member bench of the SC headed by the CJ resumed the hearing in the Lal Masjid operation case on Monday. The chief justice asked the heirs of victims of the operation to register a case with the police station concerned and assured them that the court would take action if the police did not register the FIR. Iftikhar Gilani, counsel for Jamia Hafsa and Wafaqul Madaris, told the court that police was not registering an FIR against those responsible for the Lal Masjid operation. He said when Aabpara Police Station was contacted, it refused to register an FIR. The deputy attorney general said in his arguments that students of Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa attacked police on July 3, 2007 and snatched arms from Rangers and police, while the military was called in after police refused to launch an operation. The lawyer of victims’ heirs, advocate Tariq Asad, said aged parents of the victims wanted the registration of an FIR, not compensation.
The court later adjourned the hearing until May 24.