The Siege of Lal Masjid: Day 5 of Operation Silence
LiveBlog documenting Day 5 of the crack down on Lal Masjid in Islamabad. Keep posting your Comments. You can read another of our earlier posts about Operation Silence (Days 1-3, and Day 4), outside Lal Masjid!
July 8th 09:35 AM
A RELAXATION IN CURFEW IN G-6 WILL BEING AT 10 AM AND LAST ATLEAST 2 HOURS. Half an hour from now, G-6 will be open for outsiders and insiders access. The area around Lal Masjid however remains cordoned off to a greater extent.
Last night a lot of news came in. A leading figure in the operation passed away in the hospital. More headway was made on the southern side of Jamia Hafsa. Three loud explosions were heard as far as Rawalpindi. Unconfirmed reports claim that the operations today and yesterday have caused 250 to 300 militants’ death. There is a greater number of students inside than that which is being reported. Six escaping militants have been caught by the forces securing the parameter outside.
July 8th 06:15 AM
The news channels are now full of talk of a the death of Lt. Col Haroon ul Islam, but there is a lot of misinformation with it too. Shaheed Haroon was severely injured on Friday after, and airlifted to CMH that very moment. He did not die in today’s action. His struggling self was in the hospital for that past days and undergoing treatment and a series operations. He lost the battle with death on the operating table and embraced Shahadat.
No wonder Special Services Group‘s lads are considered the bravest in the country. The details of his death were revealed by an ISPR spokesperson who say that he and another of his team mate were covering a hole in the wall of Lal Masjid from where women and children were rushing out. They were fired upon and got taken down. They were rushed back into the lines where a chopper airlifted them Central Military Hospital. Read more about the nations brave SSG commandoes here.
This however is just a reference photo of how a proper SSG commando looks like.
July 8th 04:50 AM
In a major off-scene development, there is a confirmation from the military personnel that,
The heavy firing late Sunday night caused great damage to a large area of Jamia Hafsa; the SSG Commander Haroon Islam, who led the operation on Friday operation, lost his life late Sunday night.
The Jamia Hafsa inmates remain defiant, as there are fresh reports that there are a lot more of them in the basement of the mosque. While sporadic firing has taken place from time to time during this night, the sad news of the passing away of SSG Commander Leut. Col. Haroon Islam who was leading the Special Forces conducting Lal Masjid operation in CMH has gripped all of us with shock. Leut. Colonel is quite a high rank! According to reports, he was injured on Friday and airlifted immediately there after to CMH. There has also been a major advancement on the southern side of Jamia Hafsa.
The weather in Islamabad has taken a turn for the worse as thunder storms and rain continue since late yesterday night. An urban theater full of vegetation, accompanied by bad weather makes for one of the worse kinds of places to be, fighting for your lives, in. Lets raise our hands for a dua for the shuhadaa!
July 8th 01:50 AM
Abdul Aziz while talking to ARYOne World news reporter over a mobile phone said,
We are being targeted, and we are not firing back.
We are low on food and our mobile battery life is ending.
Musharraf will be caught one day and I will grab his collar and ask him why he was so brutal with us.
There is no good estimate of how many have died.
I want to have an ‘open trial’ (he meant transparent… yeah right!) for the world to see and I will prove my innocence. If we are not able to do that, we should be hanged.
We are innocent and we will die if it the need arises.
All of the students inside are willing to die with me.
We do not want to bend over in front of anyone, as Chaudary Shujaat offered us to do earlier today. An inquiry should be started…
The firing continues, but the explosions have ended. The explosions have resulted in a fire. The area has dense vegetation.
July 8th 01:20 AM
Three massive explosions in the curfew zone on the Lal Masjid have been head as far as G-10! The fire and the fighting has restarted, just about 10 minutes ago!
As it seems, the inmates of Lal Masjid come out, start firing from inside the walls and the military replies with guns and shells… but these were three very loud explosions with equal time intervals, and one can only pray to God for the safety of human life! Good God, we need some sensibility to this! :(
July 8th 12:20 AM
The firing has ended, and all is quite now, but the question remains… where are the fricking choppers? The pictures that were posted earlier showed us that there was alot of vegetation around the campus. It would be wise to have choppers on a 24/7 recon over the building. But I think there is a fear of Lal Masjid having shoulder launched surface to air missiles (SAM) inside the building. The famous Stinger! If not that then fuel cost of their flight might be one major concern. Bleh! Just get it over with quick, damn it!
July 8th 12:10 AM
Residents of F-6 are reporting they heard 6 explosions and the last one being quite loud. These sounds are going to drive us all crazy :@