Judicial commission to probe ‘Operation Silence’


The Supreme Court on Tuesday constituted a one-man judicial commission for conducting within 45 days a “thorough probe” into the military operation against alleged militants who took refuge in Lal Masjid in 2007.
The commission would be headed by a judge of the Federal Shariat Court, the court said. The court direction may further ignite tensions between the military and judiciary, as the critics of the judiciary would get another opportunity to question its orders. The judiciary has been questioned time and again in the past by critics for setting free militants captured by security agencies. The military operation at the seminary had also polarised the society in 2007.
Earlier, a three-member bench resumed hearing in a number of pleas seeking initiation of proceedings against those responsible for the Lal Masjid operation. The bench comprised Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Azmat Saeed. During the hearing, the bench observed that despite the issuance of directions to the authorities time and again, police did not come up with a satisfactory answer. It said since there was no evidence or findings, they were compelled to have an opinion that a judicial commission would have to be formed to probe into the matter.
The bench also dictated the terms of reference (ToRs) for the commission, directing it to determine the causes of incident that took place between July 6 and July 12, 2007, at Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa, the number of male and female casualties, the casualties suffered by law enforcement agencies and the bodies handed over to relatives.
The commission would also probe whether any compensation was paid to the heirs of victims of the operation by the state and whether any action was taken under the law against those responsible for the incident, besides evaluating the available material collected so far, the court directed.
During the hearing of Islamabad Police Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Tahir Alam Khan informed the bench that the relevant record showed that a total of 103 bodies were recovered from the mosque, including 88 of militants, 11 of personnel of law enforcement agencies and four of civilians.
The chief justice asked how could it be established that 88 of those killed were militants.
Khan said they had collected the DNA tests of these people who had holed up in the courtyard of Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa. To the bench’s query, the AIG replied that no female body was recovered during the incident.
Upon this, Justice Azmat Saeed observed that such an answer was unacceptable as there were reports of minor girls having been killed in the operation.


  1. That was mini replica of integerated scenes of Bengails killings in west Pakistan, Karachi operation,Jalalabad massacre,Swat military operation etc.Our support is with SC who is in full mood of reaching to culprits but all these above operations have created so much mess in the country and its aftereffects have produced many monsters who will as usual come forward to stop such kind of investigation.Ch ifitkahr just faced a near miss in his PIA flight surely some kind of warning that he can be targeted any time any where .
    Readers will enjoy to read that now most male and lady clerics of red mosque and jamia hafsa have been spread to different localities of RWP Islamabad via mosques and Daras meetings and are doing their religious business in full swing .There are high chance that in coming elections they will be on streets to support the military establishment groups.Popular personalities like tariq jamil. JJ, saeed anwar etc have jumped into this support and public would enjoy this religious dramas in coming days under the state protection.

  2. It is clearly the work of unclean demons to use women and children as human hostages. On TV we saw IK, Ch Shujaat and Bilquis Edhi pleading with the beasts that even if they would not surrender they should allow innocents to be released. However the heartless cowards were immune to decency, they continued to hide behind girls and innocent children.

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