Lal Masjid repair, renovation to be completed in 15 days
ISLAMABAD: Lal Masjid repair, rehabilitation and refurbishing work would be completed within 15 days.
In pursuance of the decisions of a high-level meeting presided over by the President General Pervez Musharraf, Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman, Kamran Khan Lashari hurriedly called an emergency meeting of the CDA high officials for assessing the damages suffered by Lal Masjid, while the repair and revamping work was immediately started, which would continue day and night.
Meanwhile, Nespak, Pakistan Engineering Council and CDA engineers have started the scrutiny of the Jamia Hafsa infrastructure. Initial report said that Jamia Hafsa should be demolished by declaring it dangerous.
On the other hand, Islamabad Chief Commissioner, Khalid Pervaiz has made arrangements for immediate transport of the summarily interrogated cleared students from among the 243 to the Sports Complex from Adiala Jail.
Lists of dead, injured to be
on display today
ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao said
Saturday that four to five such corpses have been identified after
the Operation Silence that might be of the foreigner militants.
Addressing a press conference here, he said that the lists of the
deceased, the injured and the arrested persons would be made
available at the Sport Complex and a duty officer will be
stationed there round the clock to provide the affected families
with the requisite information.
The minister said that on the whole 102 persons have lost their
lives in the operation, among them 91 are civilians, 10 army and
one Rangers officials.
The number of injured people in the operation is 248, among them
27 persons are admitted to PIMS, 44 are in CMH, Sherpao said
adding the remaining people have been discharged.
Aftab Sherpao said that 242 students are still in jails, the
students below 18 years have been sent home, adding that Maulana
Abdul Aziz’s wife and two daughters will remain in custody, as
there are cases filed against them.
CDA has been directed to put in shape Lal Masjid again, whereas
the decision regarding Jamia Hafsa will be made in consultation
with the engineers, the minister remarked.
He revealed that the government had the tape of Abdur Rashid Ghazi
when he was pleading for the safe passage for the foreigners.
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Lal Masjid operation
Musharraf for release of casualty figures to media;Orders early
renovation of mosque
ISLAMABAD: President Gen Pervez Musharraf on Friday directed
the interior and information ministries to provide details about
persons who had surrendered, were killed or injured or released
during the Lal Masjid operation to the media so that people's
reservations could be addressed at the earliest.
Chairing a high-level meeting to review the deteriorating law and
order situation in the NWFP in the post-Lal Masjid situation, the
president directed the authorities concerned to provide all the
information to the media about the Lal Masjid operation.
The president directed the provincial government to take all
possible measures to maintain law and order, assuring that the
federal government would extend full support to them. In this
regard, he said, the police and security forces would be increased
in the NWFP and the tribal areas and they would be equipped with
modern training, latest weaponry and communication systems. These
measures would enable them to work in a better way to crush
terrorism and extremism, he observed.
The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, President
PML, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Interior Minister Aftab Ahmad Khan
Sherpao, Information Minister Muhammad Ali Durrani, Religious
Affairs Minister, Ejaz-ul-Haq, Minister of State for Information
Senator Tariq Azeem and senior officials of law-enforcement
Asim Yasin adds: The president also stressed the need to expedite
the implementation of 'Madrassa Strategy' in consultation with all
stakeholders, particularly the Wafaq-ul-Madaris. The meeting
discussed the law and order situation, including the suicide
attacks in Swat and Miranshah.
The president eulogized the professionalism, devotion to duty and,
most of all, the restraint shown by the security forces in the
operation. He also directed immediate steps for the renovation,
uplift and beautification of Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa.
The meeting was also briefed on the recently-concluded operation
in Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa. It was noted that from the layout
of fortifications, deployment of weapons and other evidences
collected from the Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa compound, it was
apparent that its defence had been planned by hardened militants
The meeting was informed that the security forces exercised
extreme restraint and, as a result, suffered greater casualties
during the operation in order to ensure the security and release
of innocent people being held hostage by the terrorist elements.
The president noted terrorism and extremism had not ended so far
"We have to crush the militancy and extremism with full
force. If we do not take sweeping steps now, tragedies like Lal
Masjid would continue to take place.”
Reviewing the law and order situation, the president directed the
provinces to take all security measures. The federal government
will provide whatever assistance is needed in this respect. He
urged seminaries to impart contemporary education besides
religious education compatible with the needs of modern age. The
Wafaq-ul-Madaris should play its role in this regard, he
Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said
necessary directives had been issued to the provincial governments
to maintain law and order following the Lal Masjid operation.
According to sources, the president directed the departments
concerned, particularly the interior ministry, to take immediate
steps to lift the curfew in Sector G-6.
You are joking, SC tells govt
Seeks full details about casualties; orders authorities to lift
curfew, release 188 detainees
ISLAMABAD: The government on Friday faced embarrassment when
Deputy Attorney-General Tariq Mahmood Khokhar provided the Supreme
Court a list of only six people from all those who had been either
killed, injured or arrested during the Lal Masjid operation.
"You are just joking with the court," remarked Justice
Muhammad Nawaz Abbasi. "This is a human rights case and we
had asked you to submit a concise statement in this regard,"
A two-member bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justice
Muhammad Nawaz Abbasi and Justice Faqir Muhammad Khokar was
hearing a suo moto case of Lal Masjid. The bench, during the last
hearing, had directed the government to submit before the court a
concise statement regarding the number of people killed, injured
and released during and after the Lal Masjid operation.
The bench ordered to restrict the curfew to the areas adjacent to
the Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa and directed the government to
consider lifting it in the G-6 Sector besides releasing 243
persons detained under Section 188.
The apex court further directed the government to provide medical
facilities to Majida Younas popularly known as Umme Hassaan, the
principal of Jamia Hafsa, and the spouse of Maulana Abdul Aziz.
It also directed the government to release all those 243 persons
who had surrendered to the government during the Lal Masjid
operation and were detained under Section 188, the bailable
On Friday, DAG Tariq Mahmood Khokhar, Chief Commissioner Khalid
Pervez, DG National Crisis Management Center, Ministry of
Interior, Brig (retd) Javed Iqbal Cheema, IGP Islamabad Chaudhry
Iftikhar Ahmed and Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Ali appeared
before the court.
IGP Chaudhry Iftikhar, however, saved the government from further
embarrassment by telling the court that 629 persons were arrested
after their surrender of which 386 were released while 243 were
still in jail under Section 188 offences.
At this, Justice Abbasi said that these were bailable offences and
they should be released at the earliest. The IGP told the court
that out of 243 persons, 10 were on physical remand while others
on judicial remand.
The IGP, while giving the details of bodies, told the court that a
total of 102 people were killed in the operation, 86 during the
operation and 16 before launching it. Among those, 91 were
civilians, nine were from the army and one from Rangers.
He further told the court that 1,097 people were rescued during
the operation including 465 females and 629 males and 3 minor
children. He further said that Umme Hassaan and her two daughters
Asma and Tayyaba, after their surrender, were detained under FIR
No 224 and were on physical remand for seven days as they were
involved in different cases.
Meanwhile, Chief Commissioner Islamabad Khalid Pervez told the
court that the government would take the final decision in the
evening (Friday) regarding lifting of curfew in G-6 Sector. The
IGP further told the court that one female student namely Samia,
daughter of Manzoor Ahmed, resident of Bahawalpur, was in the
shelter set up by the government as her parents had not yet
approached them for taking her home.
At this, Justice Abbasi directed that if the government had the
information of her residential address, then it should take speedy
measures for handing her over to her parents. The IGP told the
court that during the Lal Masjid operation, 248 people were
injured, including 41 from army and three from Rangers. At this,
the court asked for details of these civilians with their names
and directed that it should be provided today (Saturday) to the
The court further directed that the names of those people who had
not yet been approached should be released to the media so that
their relatives could take them to their respective areas.
Brig (retd) Javed Iqbal Cheema told the court that out of five
bodies of the family of Maulana Abdul Aziz who were not
identified, one Hassan was identified. Meanwhile, Hashmat Habib,
Advocate, the counsel for Maulana Abdul Aziz family, appeared
before the court and said that Majida Younas alias Umme Hassaan,
who is in custody of the government and a patient of jaundice is
being kept in a hot place, and, therefore, she should be provided
proper medical treatment. At this, the court directed that proper
medical treatment should be provided to the spouse of Maulana
Abdul Aziz and adjourned the hearing.
102 killed in Lal Masjid operation, Sherpao
Announces lifting of curfew in G-6 from today
ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao has announced that
government would lift curfew in sector G-6 from Saturday morning
Addressing a press conference here on Friday he said 102 persons
were killed, including 10 Army personnel and a Rangers Jawan in
the military operation at Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa, while 248
As to the total casualties during the operation, Sherpao said, the
number is 102, including 10 Army personnel and a Rangers Jawan.
“Seventy-five persons died on the day the offensive was
He said that during the operation 248 injured, including the
officials and belonging to the security forces, were taken to
different hospitals. “Now only 27 out of those are still under
treatment in the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).
The rest were discharged after being administered first aid. There
were 44 injured from the law-enforcement agencies and they were
shifted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Rawalpindi. The
rest have been discharged,” the Interior Minister told.
Sherpao, announced that curfew in Sector G-6 would be lifted from
6am on Saturday (today). “I want to express my gratitude to the
resident of Sector G-6, who displayed a great deal of patience and
understanding. We also feel that they went through very tough
times because of the curfew but it was for their safety and
security. We thank them for their patience. The curfew would be
lifted from tomorrow from 6am,” he added.
“However, the Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa and their compound
would remain ‘cordoned off’ as well as some adjoining areas
but not under the control of Army personnel. There are no houses
in this area. Two roads fall in this area and instructions would
be displayed there for the alternate routes which could be
used,” Mr Sherpao said.
Flanked by the Secretary Interior Syed Kamal Shah and Director
General, National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC) Brig (retd)
Javed Iqbal Cheema, Sherpao told that there are at least five or
six persons killed in the Lal Masjid operation who ‘seem to
be’ foreigners, most probably belonging to Central Asian states,
but added that the final confirmation of the fact would be
ascertained only after a procedure involving some (medical) tests.
He said the bodies of the dead in the operation other than the 11
security personnel, were identified by their relatives handed over
to them. However, 81 unclaimed bodies have been buried at the H-11
graveyard as ‘Amanat’. “Seven among them were identified
with the help of the National Database and Registration Authority
(Nadra) through their fingerprints.” the minister added.
He said that earlier in the day President Gen Pervez Musharraf
chaired a high-level meeting and directed that all the information
about lists of all those who have died, injured, or who have been
detained as well as those who have already been released or handed
over to their parents should be prepared and displayed at the
“We will display those (lists) there (at the Sports Complex) for
the parents because not every body can have access to the
(Interior Ministry’s) Website. These lists would be displayed
there tonight and from tomorrow all this information would be
available there. Effort would also be made to make it available on
the Website (of the Ministry of Interior) so that confusions are
removed and there should be no ambiguity,” he said.
Responding to a volley of question the minister said that only
Umme Hassaan and her two daughters are involved in cases and their
remand was already acquired from the court of law. About Maulana
Aziz’s son, the minister said that he was among the dead and has
been identified. About the whereabouts of the family of Abdul
Rashid Ghazi, the minister expressed his ignorance. However, the
Federal Interior Secretary, Syed Kamal Shah, said that their
family (family of the wife of Ghazi Abdul Rashid) had already
taken them away.
Answering a question as to how many women and children were
present inside and where are the foreign militants the minister
responded that 27 women and two little girls came out on the day
of the offensive. There were a total 465 women who came out
“About the foreign militants, we will let you listen to the
audio of Ghazi Abdul Rashid in which he has asked what will happen
to the foreigners. You may know that the dialogue failed only
because he was demanding safe passage to them (the foreigners). We
have photographed some bodies that we suspect to be the
foreigners. We need to carry forward some further investigations,
like their DNA tests. But we have their pictures and they may be
Central Asians,” Sherpao said.
About when the repair and restoration work of Lal Masjid will
start and whether Jamia Hafsa will also be repaired, the minister
said that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) was already told
to start repair of Lal Masjid.
About the females and children the Interior Minister said that
there was only one lady who is still with the government. She
belongs to Hyderabad and her parents are coming over. She would be
handed over to her parents as soon as they would arrive, Sherpao
Regarding women casualties Mr Sherpao replied that there were some
charred bodies found as well which are beyond recognition. “The
identification process is continuing. It is possible that there
may be four to six women among them but we have not been able to
identify them so far,” he said.
Regarding the children under the age of 18, he said that all of
them have been handed over to their parents. There are 242 persons
still in jail, he said. About the role of intelligence agencies
behind the presence of all these arms and ammunition in Jamia
Hafsa and Lal Masjid the Minister said that the process of
investigations is on in the case.
“Let us determine the whole situation. Only then we would be
able to tell something to the nation. Why are you so jumpy? Why
are you are demanding as to who is involved in this,” the
Minister appeared visibly irked.
Similarly, he refused to give an answer about the role of Maulana
Fazlur Rehman Khalil as he said he had no information about that.
About the display of rockets from Lal Masjid while none was used
during the operation by those inside Jamia Hafsa or Lal Masjid the
Interior Secretary, Syed Kamal Shah, pointed out that at least one
was fired on an APC and the information at that time was shared
with the media.
Regarding the ‘rumours’ of firing on the plane of President
Gen Musharraf as it was taking off from the Chaklala Air Base, the
minister said that there was no firing at the plane of the
president. “However, we found some weapons there and
investigations are continuing and some arrests have also been
made,” he said.
He said the government fully supports the Madrassas and don’t
want that these should be used for militancy and this is the
collective responsibility, of the government, the media and the
public that we have to wage a holy war (jihad) against such
He said that the President had always been pleading the case of
Madrassas as it is a parallel system that is running that caters
to the need of the children of those people who cannot provide
Just because of this one Madrassa the image of all the Madrassas
has been badly tarnished and obviously he has said yesterday that
we do not want that any Madrassah may promote militancy. And that
is why we are seeking cooperation from Wafaq-ul-Madaris and from
everybody else to cooperate with us, the Interior Minister said.
Rallies assail raid on Lal Masjid
ISLAMABAD: Thousands of protesters throughout the country on
Friday rallied to denounce the army raid on the Lal Masjid and
pledged to strongly resist any action against religious
seminaries, warning the government against the demolition of Jamia
The protest demonstrations and rallies were held on the call of
The Khateebs of mosques in their sermons expressed sorrow over the
loss of precious lives during the operation, claiming the assault
could have been averted. The lawyers community also joined the
protest by offering Ghaibana Namaz-e-Janaza outside the offices of
district bar associations in different cities. The major
congregation in this connection was held at the Karachi Bar
The religious leaders in their speeches particularly targeted
President General Pervez Musharraf and Federal Minister for
Religious Affairs Ejazul Haq. They said the two were chiefly
responsible for the operation.
In Islamabad, MMA deputy secretary general Maulana Abdul Ghafoor
Haideri led a demonstration in front of Wafaqi Urdu University
near Zero Point. The protest rally started from a nearby seminary
in Sector G-7.
The protestors were chanting slogans against President Musharraf
and members of the Federal Cabinet. The MMA leader claimed the
death toll was higher, alleging the government was trying to hide
the exact number of deaths.
Haideri also called upon religious circles and students not to be
a part of the government’s “manoeuvering” so that it could
not harm their seminaries. He said the tragic incident of Lal
Masjid and Jamia Hafsa was the darkest chapter in the history of
Pakistan in which hundreds of innocent people lost their lives.
In Rawalpindi, a rally was taken from Raja Bazaar. The rally was
led by local MMA leaders Dr Muhammad Kamal, Maulana Abdul Majeed
Hazarvi and others. The leaders of Wafaq-ul-Madaris pledged to
continue the joint struggle for the protection of deeni madaris in
the country. They also announced every sacrifice for protection of
Jamia Hafsa, saying they would strongly resist the demolition of
the Jamia or attempt to change its status.
Our correspondent adds from Karachi: The concerned Islamic
organisations, religious institutions, and seminaries staged
demonstrations and held meetings on Friday to observe a day of
protest against the massive use of military force and killings of
Lal Masjid-Jamia Hafsa students and other people associated with
Speakers at various protest meetings and demonstrations castigated
the government policy of launching the operation against the Jamia
Hafsa and Lal Masjid at a time when mediation efforts of leading
religious scholars and Ulema of the country were nearing
materialization to end the deadlock.
Addressing protestors at one of the main demonstrations at
Masjid-e-Nauman Lasbela, the central secretary-general of
Jamaat-e-Islami said that the Gen Musharraf-led government had
unduly used and exploited the armed forces to unleash violence
against the Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa students.
He said launching full-scale military crackdown against the
students and clerics of Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa had served no
cause and interest of the nation but in fact it was a step
criminally intended to spread serious anarchy and unrest among the
people of Pakistan.
Former senior NWFP minister Sirajul Haq said that launching of Lal
Masjid-Jamia Hafsa military operation had caused serious distrust
and hatred among the public against the role and objective
functioning of the armed forces.
Amir JI Karachi Dr Mirajul Huda Siddiqui said that the military
action had been launched against the Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa
students in order to please the Americans and other imperialist
forces, who have been actively working on an agenda to defame and
damage the cause of Islam.
MMA Parliamentary leader in Sindh Assembly Maulana Umer Sadiq said
the Musharraf government had become severely extremist and fascist
in its drive to perpetuate its illegal and anti-Islamic rule in
the country and further the interests of western powers.
Muhammad Ejaz Khan adds from Quetta: Speakers of Sada-e-Muslim
conference Friday demanded of the government to release all those
who had been apprehended in the operation and reinstate Maulana
Abdul Aziz as Khateeb of the mosque.
The conference was organised by JUI-F’s MNA Maulana Noor
Muhammad who strongly condemned the attack and demanded of the
MMA’s legislators in Balochistan government to part ways from
the ruling PML-Q. “There is no justification for the MMA
leadership to sit on the treasury benches in Balochistan
Assembly,” said the central leader of MMA Hafiz Hussain Ahmed,
who had played an important role in forming the coalition of the
religious alliance and the PML-Q after the general elections of
Earlier, the participants of the conference and activists of the
JUI-F staged a demonstration at the Mezan Chowk. Agencies add: In
Lahore, 20,000 men, women and children offered prayers for the
victims at a mosque.
“This was genocide, hundreds of innocent women and children
died,” said Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the head of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa
organisation, which is the political wing of the banned Kashmiri
militant group Laskhar-e-Taiba.
“This is a challenge for all Muslims and Pakistanis,” Saeed
told the Juma prayer congregation. Saeed said the government
casualty figures were fake. “It is state terrorism, it is
extreme brutality and those who killed the innocent will have a
horrible fate,” Saeed said.
In Peshawar, thousands raised their hands to pledge that full
support would be provided to Maulana Abdul Aziz and his family
while next Friday was fixed to lodge an FIR against Musharraf and
others for “killing hundreds of students in Jamia Hafsa and Lal
Khateeb Mohabat Khan Mosque Maulana Yousaf Quraishi demanded of
the MMA to quit Balochistan and the NWFP governments, saying they
(MMA leaders) could not avert the operation and failed to protect
innocent students of Jamia Hafsa and Lal Masjid against ‘Yazidiat’.
In Multan, students of Jamia Khair-ul-Madaris came out of the
institution on Friday to stage a demonstration and shouted slogans
against the government. In Hyderabad, hundreds of students and
teachers of various religious seminaries took out a rally here
after the Friday prayers against the military action at Lal Masjid
and Jamia Hafsa and condemned the killing of innocent people.
Govt launches damage control campaign
ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to launch a vigorous
“damage control” campaign in different spheres in the wake of
the bloody operation at the Lal Masjid-Jamia Hafsa Complex.
President Gen Pervez Musharraf has firmed up a strategy in this
connection after discussing it with Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz
and Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao, Religious Affairs Minister
Ejazul Haq and Information Minister Muhammad Ali Durrani with
inputs from senior officials, an official told The News.
Ejaz has been assigned the task to boost up his contacts and
coordination with religious sections, including the
Wafaq-ul-Madaris, to diffuse the pressure that they are exerting
on account of the operation. The minister will meet different
religious leaders in the near future, the official said.
Ejaz told a meeting chaired by the president that the
most-important religious groups would not support any
anti-government agitation due to the storming of the Lal
Masjid-Jamia Hafsa Complex because they had already disapproved
these militants’ policies.
Durrani has been assigned the task to highlight the government’s
case at different fora and closely work with independent print and
electronic media and arrange seminars for the purpose.
Sherpao has been directed to project the details of the operation
so that “misconceptions” about it are dispelled. Pakistan
Muslim League (PML) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain would take
care of the political front to control the damage to the
government because of the operation.
Controversy over casualty figure persists
ISLAMABAD: The official casualty figure of the Lal Masjid's
operation is said to be even a surprise for some of those who took
part in the action although the military spokesman termed such
assertions a pack of lies.
A source, who had long association with the Army and claimed to
have met some members of those directly involved in the operation,
told this correspondent that the official death toll announced by
the military spokesman does not even click to those who were
witness to the gory event.
The source insisted that women and children were also among those
killed but the military spokesman repeatedly denied in his
official briefings. When contacted, the military spokesman and
Inter-Services Public Relations Director General Maj General
Waheed Arshad said that if the source of this correspondent's
story is from military then he is simply telling lies.
Arshad, who when compared to his predecessors appears too pleasant
a person to talk to and never loses temper even over an explosive
question, said that he has been telling facts to the media.
The stories about the heavy death toll, however, are not fading
away. Not only some of the ministers are reported to have said
that more than 200 deaths are expected, the media reports and
opposition voices also apprehend that the number of those killed
in the operation runs in several hundreds.
A student of Jamia Hafsa claimed in Geo's Capital Talk show on
Friday that when she left the complex on July 6 there were already
100 dead bodies of Hafsa students and 80 dead bodies of male
students. She also claimed that 800 female students were still in
the complex when they left on the insistence of Umme Hassan -- the
principal of Jamia Hafsa.
It is also relevant to mention here that Dr Shahid Masood in his
extremely touching column that appeared on Friday in Urdu daily
Jang talks of two sisters of the age of 7 and 15, who the Geo
anchorperson confirmed had lost their lives.
A senior journalist, after her Thursday's visit of Lal Masjid
wrote, "Room after room had the same untold story written on
the walls with deep bullet marks on all four walls of the rooms
and on the roofs. It raised many questions about the official
claims that there was stiff resistance from the compound. The
dominant view was that more occupants may have been killed."
The journalist further wrote, "Dozens of slippers of women
and children seen in the corridors of the Jamia gave the
impression that they ran for their lives when the commando
operation was launched on Tuesday."
Regarding the ammunition recovered as claimed and shown by the
authorities, the source said that the soldier he talked to inform
him that there was no site of rocket launchers, RPG etc. The
military spokesman, however, said that during his recent briefing
he has been repeatedly telling the media about the use of such
weapons by the "militants" of the Lal Masjid.
The source said that it has also been claimed that during the
commando action equipment that sense through cemented roof or wall
the presence of any human beings were also used and where the
result was positive some roofs were even exploded causing heavy
casualties. But in the DG ISPR's view he had never heard of any
such gadgetry. The News crime reporter Shakil Anjum, who visited
the complex on Thursday said that he did not see any collapsed
roof but revealed that hardly 20 per cent of the complex was open
for journalists' visit.
The soldier, who was part of the operation, was also quoted by the
source as admitting that there was an extremely stiff resistance
that the military authorities had faced. He said that the Lt
Colonel Haroon Islam lost his life when he was acting as a cover
for those commandos who were assigned to create a hole in the
complex inner circle.
Captain Suleman Farooq Lodhi, the source said, when entered into a
hall while leading his team got trapped by a hidden armed man who
opened a volley of fire mainly targeting his chest. Two
commandoes, he said, became the victim of an apparently dead armed
man, who according to the source, was critically injured but was
thought to have been killed.
Qazi criticises victory signs by Army commandos
MMA President Qazi Hussain Ahmad Friday said displaying victory
signs by Army commandoes after massacring innocent countrymen,
women and children was an open insult to Islam, humanity and
Delivering a Friday sermon at Mansoorah, he said, “Washington is
using its agents to occupy the resources of the Muslim world and
killing those were who resisting the plan.” He warned Muslims
could never regain their lost glory without removing the agents.
He claimed thousands of victims of Jamia Hafsa had been buried in
mass graves in the darkness of the night while their parents were
searching for them. He said military rulers had crossed all limits
of cruelty and apathy the way they were covering up their crimes
against humanity and withholding information about missing
children. He questioned the dual standards of the West.
Demos against Lal Masjid operation
HYDERABAD: More than 150 students of different religious
seminaries on Friday staged a protest demonstration against the
killings during the Lal Masjid operation and raised slogans in
favour of Jihad and Abdur Rashid Ghazi on a call of the Wafaqul
Carrying placards inscribed with anti-government slogans, the
charged protesters also raised slogans, including "Stop
action on the directives of the US".
MMA district president Abdul Waheed Qureshi, Taj Mohammad Nahion
and other religious scholars condemned the government for killing
They blamed Gen Musharraf for breaking the deal between Ulema and
the Lal Masjid administration at the eleventh hour to use force to
crush the "students" of the seminary. They said any
action against any other religious seminary would be resisted.
Our Khairpur correspondent adds: Lawyers of Kandiaro boycotted
courts against the Lal Masjid operation.
In Khairpur, after Juma prayers, Ulema condemned the commando
action against the "students". They said the Lal Masjid
and Jamia Hafsa administration was not spreading terrorism and was
urging the rulers to enforce Shariat.
Our Nawabshah correspondent adds: Ulema condemned the government
action against Lal Masjid on Friday.
In various resolutions passed at different mosques of the district
during Friday prayers, they termed the assault in Islamabad an
"unnecessary use of force by the government".
They alleged the government "staged a drama of dialogue"
with the Lal Masjid administration after giving free-hand to media
to show stick-wielding "seminary students" to the world
due to which the Western media got a issue against Islam.
No Juma prayer at Lal Masjid
ISLAMABAD: Citizens have expressed their immense grief and sorrow
as the first time in the history of Lal Masjid, the Juma prayer
was not offered in the mosque. Deputy Commissioner Chaudhry
Muhammad Ali had directed that the Juma prayer be not held in the
mosque. The Juma prayer was offered in the mosque last Friday by
people present in the mosque during the operation against Lal
Ghazi never sought amnesty for his foreign friends: Julandhari
MULTAN: Commenting on the Thursday’s address of President Gen
Pervez Musharraf to the nation, Wifaq-ul-Madaris Secretary-General
Qari Hanif Julandhari on Friday said Abdul Rashid Ghazi did not
demand an amnesty or safe passage for foreign friends. Talking to
newsmen by phone here on Friday, he said: “There is no truth in
the claim that Ghazi demanded a safe passage or an amnesty for his
foreign friends.” He said Gen Musharraf repeatedly referred to
the Wifaq-ul-Madaris but did not mention its proposals to resolve
the Lal Masjid issue. He wondered why the government amended the
reconciliation formula formulated by a joint team of the
Wifaq-ul-Madaris and the government. “There wouldn’t have been
such an incident had the government fulfilled its commitment and
rebuilt the demolished mosques,” he said. Julandhari said the
Wifaq-ul-Madaris never opposed the mission of the Lal Masjid
‘Crackdown against Lal Masjid justified’
KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has
said that there was no room to let the clerics of the Lal Masjid
go scot-free as they had victimised citizens in the name of Islam.
He said that the protest against the Lal Masjid operation by some
political and religious parties was not justified and added that
the operation would not have been carried out by the government
had they (clerics) not opted for violence. He stated this while
addressing Haq Parast members at Nine Zero, Azizabad the other
day, said a statement issued by MQM on Friday from London. He said
that the clerics of Lal Masjid kidnapped governmentt officials at
gun point and tried to impose Shariat through danda.
KARACHI: The legal fraternity on Friday offered funeral prayer in
absentia for the victims of Lal Msjid. The funeral prayer,
attended by a handful of lawyers, was held on the MA Jinnah Road,
blocking vehicular traffic for about half-an-hour. As part of
their ongoing protest campaign against the presidential reference,
the lawyers also boycotted court proceedings for one hour and
observed a four-hour token hunger strike. The lawyers condemned
the operation against Lal Masjid saying the act reminded the days
of Hitler. While criticizing the president’s speech, they said
that the head of the state had admitted that he was forced to use
guns against his own countrymen and termed it a shameful step.
They also criticized the demolition of mosques and converting them
into Sunday Bazaars.
People who came in search of loved ones missing
ISLAMABAD: Some unfortunate persons who came to the federal
capital to search for their loved ones during the operation
against Lal Masjid have gone missing.
Interestingly, those for whom they came here reached homes safely.
Saeed Khan from Karak, aged 55, who came to Islamabad to find his
daughter on 3rd July was lost somewhere. His daughter reached home
on July 4.
Abdul Azeem, s/o Shamshair Khan, from Swat, who came to look for
his nephew Fida Muhammad, s/o Fazal-ul-Rehman, is also missing.
Fida, however, reached home safely. Hafiz Abu Bakar Satti s/o Raja
Muhammad Irshad Satti from Village Barhad, Kotli Sattian, who came
to Lal Masjid to take his sister back home, has disappeared in
Islamabad. His sister has returned home safely.
People gathered in Pakistan Sports Complex for taking their loved
ones to home, said that these disappeared people might have been
killed during crossfiring or that they might be in jail.
When ‘The News’ contacted the Adiala Jail, an officer
confirmed the presence of only
Saeed Khan in the jail. When asked how long it would take to
release Saeed Khan, the offical replied that the Ministry of
Interior could respond to such questions.
When attempts were made to contact Syed Kamal Shah, Secretary
Interior, he was not available for comments.
Students plan to discuss Jamia Hafsa’s fate with PM
ISLAMABAD: The students and teachers of Jamiah Hafsa intend to
call on Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz to know about the fate of
their seminary that took a pounding from the government troops
The News has learnt that a number of students were contacting
religious scholars and MNAs to seek guidance from them on the
Yasmin Ali (name changed on request) who studied at the seminary
for five years said that the day the firing broke out, as many as
580 students were to receive their "Mualimat" (teachers)
degrees. The successful students were given "Chaddars"
called "Rida-e-Fazeelat" and made heirs of Hazrat
She said that she was greatly disturbed by seeing images of the
seminary in the aftermath of the operation. "One of the rooms
in the basement that got burnt down and was part of the footage
used to be my classroom," she said, recalling how things were
when the times were good.
Yasmin, a computer sciences graduate expressed surprise on seeing
a case of Pepsi shown lying in one of the rooms. "This brand
was never allowed in the campus and I wonder how it got in
there," she said while denying there was ammunition on the
She said that papers retrieved from pockets of those killed in the
operation were wills written by students six months ago. "In
their wills, they had stated that they were ready to lay down
their lives for the implementation of sharia," she said and
added that the parents were told not to mourn their deaths.
When the firing first began on July 3, Yasmin was assigned the job
of helping girls who suffocated following intense teargas shelling
by the security forces. She was among girls who managed to sneak
out from the hospital after learning that police were about to
arrest the students.
Yasmeen said that they would appreciate introduction of subjects
taught in modern schools. "If the government is sincere to
develop Madrassas then it should make Jamia Hafsa a model for
other girl seminaries rather than demolishing it as has been
reported in some sections of the Press." Established in 1992
with four rooms and 100 students initially, the school has
provided religious knowledge to thousands of girls besides
offering shelter to hundreds of homeless girls.
At the time of the operation, the Madrassa had two massive floors
with the third under construction and more than 5,000 girls
enrolled of which 4,000 were living in the premises of the
Jamia Hafsa has branches in others cities
ISLAMABAD: Jamia Hafsa has its branches in cities like Mianwali
and Taxila, reveals its website that is still activated even after
the operation and the, subsequent, destruction of the madrassa.
Although, the Lal Masjid operation has silenced its key
architects, the website still speaks and keeps disseminating its
messages about the enforcement of Islamic Shariah.
Its also carries the press statements and interviews of late Abdul
The website also carries a speech of Maulana Abdul Aziz that had
urged Pakistani youth to prepare themselves for Jihad against the
bombardment carried out in North and South Waziristan.
On its introductory page, the website claimed that Jamia Hafsa was
the largest institute for women in the world with enrollment of
more than 6,000 female students. Late Maulana Abdullah was the
founder of this madrassa, the website said. Now, it is under the
supervision of Maulana Abdul Aziz, the website adds.
Although, Umm-e-Hassan, the wife of Maulana Aziz, is the principal
of Jamia Hafsa, its name has been mentioned nowhere in the
Jamia Hafsa, whose foundation was laid down in 1992 by late
Maulana Abdullah, started its work with two rooms, the website
The website has also made mention of Auntie Shamim who was held by
Jamia Hafsa’s students for allegedly running a prostitution den.
It carries the videotape on the impressions of the people living
in the neighborhood and the street of Auntie Shamim’s residence.
Besides, there are also answers to the objections raised by
different sections of the society on Jamia Hafsa’s version of
The details of press statements issued by late Abdul Rashid Ghazi
are also available on the website. In one statement late Ghazi has
condemned the Minister for Religious Affairs, Ejaz-ul-Haq, for
criticising Jamia Hafsa on the abduction of female Chinese running
a massage center in a posh sector.
In another statement, Ghazi has lauded Ejaz-ul-Haq for issuing
condemning statement against Salman Rushdi.
Ghazi’s another statement that Shahid Jamil Qureshi must be
removed for the cabinet is also displayed on the website.
Articles written by a number of columnists supporting the cause of
Jamia Hafsa like Auria Maqbool Jan, Irfan Siddiqui and Saeqa
Kanwal are available at the website.
There is also a letter on the website that late Ghazi had written
to the vice chancellor of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU). In the
letter, he deplored the allegations that two QAU’s professors
— Dr Shireen Mazari and Dr Pervez Hoodbhoy — had leveled
against the students of Jamia Hafsa and termed them unfounded.
He had mentioned the allegation that attributed the incidents of
throwing acid on face of women. Late Ghazi not only termed it
unfounded and a defamation campaign, he had given a certain
example to prove that he had been a staunch supporter of women’s
socialization but under the prescribed Islamic limits. He had
referred to a certain level of freedom that his wife enjoyed like
self-driving. In the end, he asked the vice chancellor to request
these scholars on his behalf and urge them not to attribute
baseless allegations to the madrassa.
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