Lal Masjid cleric files petition in SC to prevent Musharraf from fleeing country

Islamabad, Mar. 25 : The chief cleric of Lal Masjid has filed a petition in the Supreme Court of Pakistan requesting it to order to add former president Pervez Musharraf's name to the Exit Control List (ECL).

Maulana Abdul Aziz stated in his petition that the Lal Masjid operation was conducted on Musharraf's orders, reports The Dawn.

A government crackdown on the mosque in Islamabad was launched in July 2007. It ended in a bloody eight-day siege killing at least 58 Pakistani troops and seminary students.

The mosque, with the radical Maulana Aziz leading several armed seminary students, had announced the establishment of a parallel judicial system, vowing to enforce Islamic Shariah laws in the federal capital and threatening to unleash a wave of suicide bombers if the government took any action to counter it.

The 2007 military raid ordered by Musharraf eventually overcame the armed militants. However, several questions regarding the operation were left unanswered.

--ANI (Posted on 25-03-2013)

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