Islamabad, Oct 14: The controversial Lal Masjid in Islamabad, which re-opened early this month nearly three months after the Pakistani troop stormed it to evict militants, will be painted red again. The mosque had changed its colour a couple of times since the July 10-11 military offence.“The government has agreed to restore the original red colour of the mosque," officials in the Interior Ministry were quoted by the Dawn, as saying.
This decision was taken at a high-level meeting presided over by Secretary Interior Syed Kamal Shah in the Ministry, the officials said, adding that the meeting was attended by the officials of the district administration and representatives of the wife of former Lal Masjid chief cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz, Umme Hassaan, who is heading the mosque management these days.
The officials were quoted as saying that the ministry has tasked the Capital Development Authority (CDA) with repainting the Lal Masjid red.
The mosque management has also been informed that the painting would be undertaken by the CDA, and it should not make any such attempt, the paper said.
The mosque was painted beige after military operation in July to root out militants who had taken sanctuary within its complex.
Over 100 people were killed in the operation, including the cleric of the mosque, Abdul Rashid Qazi.
The Lal Masjid was re-opened on October 3 after a Supreme Court ruling.
An earlier attempt to re-open the mosque, on July 27, failed due to huge protests against President Pervez Musharraf, and a suicide attack that followed near the campus killing 14 people.