Ready to for­give Mushar­raf over Lal Masjid is­sue: Aziz

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Ab­dul Aziz has said that he is ready to for­give for­mer mil­i­tary ruler Pervez Mushar­raf and all other fig­ures for their in­volve­ment in the 2007 bloody siege of Lal Masjid.

Talk­ing to jour­nal­ists af­ter an ad­di­tional district and ses­sions judge granted him pre­ar­rest bail in two sep­a­rate cases ex­tend­ing threats to the civil so­ci­ety and in­cit­ing sec­tar­ian ha­tred Aziz said he would make an an­nounce­ment in this re­gard in a press con­fer­ence soon.

"I think Mushar­raf made a mis­take. He is our Mus­lim brother ... I say we take the first step and for­give him," he said. Aziz said he is in talks with his fam­ily mem­bers and will con­vince those who dis­agree on par­don­ing Mushar­raf "as an act of good­will, for peace in the coun­try, for the end of ter­ror­ism and for peace in chil­dren's schools".

"Na­tions quar­rel, for­give and then unite. Why can't we unite for the ap­pli­ca­tion of Qu­ran and Sun­nah?" he said, af­ter speak­ing about the im­por­tance of for­give­ness in Is­lam.

"We are soon go­ing to an­nounce that we for­give all per­sons in­volved." "Aside from me, sis­ters from my fam­ily are also ready to for­give him," he said, as­sert­ing that the de­ci­sion has been taken with­out any sort of pres­sure or deal.

"If the teach­ings of Qu­ran and Sun­nah were im­ple­mented in the coun­try, Mushar­raf would not have made the mis­take [of Lal Masjid op­er­a­tion]." Aziz claimed Mushar­raf had over 40 bo­gus cases reg­is­tered against him and his fam­ily.

On re­quest of a reporter, Aziz said he con­demns the at­tack on Charsadda Univer­sity "where our brothers were mar­tyred", as he did the Army Pub­lic School at­tack.

Mean­while, Aziz's lawyer ad­vo­cate Tariq Asad said even if Aziz for­gives those in­volved in the Lal Masjid siege, he will have new First In­for­ma­tion Re­ports ( FIRs) reg­is­tered in the name of "mar­tyrs of Lal Masjid".

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