Lal Masjid cleric murder case: Former PM Shaukat Aziz nominated as suspect

Oct 15, 2013| Courtesy by : tribune.com.pk

Political stalwarts Aftab Sherpao and Tariq Azeem along with former prime minister Shaukat Aziz will be nominated as suspects in the murder case of‘prayer leader’ of Lal Masjid, Abdul Rasheed Ghazi, Express News reported on Tuesday.

Former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. PHOTO: APP

Former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. PHOTO: APP

Shuhada Foundation spokesperson put forward the names of Sherpao and Azeem. An investigation will be made once a written request is submitted after the Eid holidays.

On October 10, former president Pervez Musharraf was arrested for the charge of murdering Ghazi and his mother during the infamous 2007 operation.

Background

On July 3, 2007, Musharraf had ordered a military operation against the mosque for challenging the writ of the state.

The military besieged the mosque for 12 days before assaulting the compound, an attack in which hundreds of students were killed.

The former chief cleric of Lal Masjid was accused of using the mosque loudspeaker to instigate madrassa students to attack the Rangers who were deployed outside the mosque in order to prevent Maulana Abdul Aziz and his associates at Lal Masjid from continuing their campaign of public intimidation that they had been carrying out since January of that year.

Last year, an anti-terrorism court acquitted Maulana Aziz, and 16 other persons in a case on the killing of a Rangers official.