Lal Masjid ops not by me: Parvez Musharraf

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Islamabad, Oct 15: With a fresh petition filed in a court here seeking action against him, former military General and President of Pakistan said that he had nothing to do with the Lal Masjid operations in 2007.

Musharraf, lodged in his Chak Shahzad farmhouse (now declared as a sub-jail), was interrogated by a three-member joint investigation team (JIT).

Musharraf was interrogated following a double-murder case registered against him by the AAbpara police station. One Haroon Rasheed had complained that his father Abdul Rasheed Ghazi and his grandmother Sabiha Khatoon were murdered after Musharraf ordered for the operation. Abdul Rasheed Ghazi was then the deputy chief od Lal Masjid.

Musharraf, however, denies all charges saying that he had nothing to do with the operations and was ordered by the then elected government, according to the Dawn daily report.

"I was wrongly implicated. I did not issue any written order regarding the operation," Musharraf said. He further informed that the government had then called the army for help, which led to the operation.

Meanwhile, a Pakistani lawyer has filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court seeking action against Musharraf as "not only a large number of civilians were killed but also copies of the holy Quran, religious books and research materials were destroyed."

Defence counsel, however, believes otherwise. Senior lawyer Ahmed Raza Kasuri said that challenging the action of the government could be fatal for the national security.

An agitated Musharraf said,"These people are giving a wrong message to the army by harassing the former military chief. If the court allows the trial of Musharraf on the basis of such frivolous petitions, tomorrow a number of petitions would also be filed against the incumbent army chief and even every second lieutenant for taking part in Swat and Waziristan operations as well."

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