Musharraf Rearrested in Lal Masjid Case
ISLAMABAD: General (retd) Pervez Musharraf leaving the country dashed after he was formally arrested in Lal Masjid Operation case. He is currently under luxury detention at his palatial villa in suburbs of Islamabad.
Former army chief and President in uniform has been named in several cases in Pakistan since his return from exile in April this. Some of the high profile cases against him include Benazir Bhutto assassination, Akbar Bugti Murder, Judges Detention and Lal Masjid vase. Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed the decision of Balochistan High Court and granted him bail in Bugti murder case against surety bonds of two million rupees. He has been granted bail in all major cases against him except Lal Masjid Operation Case.
Lal Masjid operation refers to a July 2007 crackdown on pro-Taliban mosque in Islamabad. Eight days long siege of the mosque and girl’s seminary by armed forces resulted in killing of at least 58 Pakistani troops and seminary students. Cleric Abdul-Rasheed Ghazi was also killed during the operation.
Haroon Rasheed, son of late cleric Ghazi moved court seeking registration of case against former dictator claiming that military operation that killed his father and grandmother was carried on his orders. A case could only be registered after strict orders of Islamabad High Court (IHC).