Commission holds Musharraf‚ Shaukat Aziz‚ allies responsible for Lal Masjid operation

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The Lal Masjid commission report has held former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf‚ former prime minister Shaukat Aziz and his political allies responsible for the 2007 operation in Lal Masjid in which 103 people were killed.

The commission‚ consisting of Justice Shehzada Sheikh of the Federal Shariat Court‚ giving a clean chit to the military leadership has recommended that those responsible for the operation should have murder cases registered against them.

It suggested that the former rulers of the country should be forced to pay compensations to the aggrieved families.

The 304 page report‚ that was submitted to the Supreme Court by the commission‚ pointed out that after six years it was not easy to condone the lack of accountability that public position holders responsible for execution of this tragic incident have faced.

“Such an attitude is evidence of their irresponsibility‚ apathy in attitude and callousness in dealing with this human tragedy.”

It says that the coalition partners in power at that time‚ particularly the prime minister and the cabinet, were not absolutely in the dark.

The report contended that history could not easily digest the notion that then president‚ prime minister‚ cabinet particularly interior minister and other concerned ministers and political parties‚ were not aware of the operation.

“Hypothetically even if it was so‚ the political leadership at the helm of affairs cannot be absolved of the responsibility for the incident‚ particularly when it carries criminal liability.”

It added that the prime minister and cabinet members share responsibility which clearly carried liability with criminality.