The Siege of Lal Masjid: Day 6 of Operation Silence
LiveBlog documenting Day 6 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, Day 4, and Day 5) on Lal Masjid!
Dear Readers, while this highly controversial issue has engulfed us all and a lot of emotion, sentiment, and passion is involved, please refrain from deluging the comments area with personal slander and allusive slurs, Thanks a lot.
9th July 9:22 PM
So a lot happened in the last 24 hours, but I am sorry that we could not keep this updated as life has to go on. Your comments and emotions tell me that we still have conscience.
From UAVs to more sporadic firing to Ulema and Politicians along with renowned social workers heading to the Lal Masjid to make a final plea to Maulana Sahib to let the authorities in and let go of the children and women inside, there still seems to be some stalemate between the two sides. And yes, not to forget the rotting corpses inside! God! The inhumanity! What was left was for the District Session Judge to arrive at the scene and make a ‘request’ to the criminals inside to give up. I certainly hope these are the last formalities that the government is undertaking, this is way beyond challenging the writ of the government. Maulana Sahib come out!
Both the sides had agreed that they would be no further dialog, but it seems they are pussy-footing on both ends. The pro-government elements have a clear stance. Law and order, safety of children and women, and elderly as one has already committed suicide, and putting an end to the defamation of Islam, Mosques, and Muslims!
Innocents do not need to hide from the law, the LAW, as it was made, was made to protect the innocent, right Maulana Sahib? So here they are! Bad boys, bad boys, watchya gonna do?… and so on.
There have been reports from inside that they have already distributed 15 jackets amongst themselves. These are suicide jackets. Reverse creativity in Pakistan is very common, where nations try to prefect ‘life jackets’, these madmen have developed ‘suicide jackets’… When is the summer sale, God damn it!? One cannot stop short of recognizing this as a suicide cult.
Till any further development ladies and gentlemen, we wait and see, as this whole episode enters its 2nd week tomorrow while slowly eating away at any braincells that are left. Enjoy, with utter distaste I say!
9th July 2:00 AM
Severe firing continues from the direction of Lal Masjid. Earlier two tall burqa clad women were arrested from the vicinity of Lal Masjid. Government reports confirm presence of some of the leading terrorists having links to Al- Qeeda in the premises of Lal Masjid.
July 9th 01:55 AM
Time for your blogger to hit the sack, inshAllah will update in the morning before rushing to my office. Lets hope a night attack is not planned, and every can get a good nights sleep. Thanos, Ahmed, Kami, Sarah, Analyst, Fauzan, Babar and all of you I didn’t mention, thanks again for some valuable discussion, but please try remaining within your limits. Allah Hafiz.
July 9th 01:30 AM
Immense emotion fills me up when I think of the people that have died on the either side of this conflict. While one being in the capacity of delivering pictures to the outside world, I take this time to say a little prayer for Lt. Col. Haroon Islam, a son of Lahore. His funeral was held yesterday in Chaklala. Thank you LMB :_(
July 9th 12:30 AM
There was a slight confusion about the days and dates of the Operation. The gun snatching incident took place on 3rd July, the operation began on the 4th, the hence it is the 6th day today. Anyways, that was a slight digression for a disambiguation.
Moving on, our valuable commenter Thanos and Ahmed report there some important aides of Mullah Omar have been caught in Pakistan,
An Afghan intelligence source told the BBC four senior associates of Mullah Omar were being held after operations by Pakistani security forces.
The arrests took place in two areas of the city of Quetta in western Pakistan.
While 3 Chinese foriegners have tragically been killed, or rather murdered by anti -state factions in Peshawar, while one managed to escape.
The women were accused by the mosque students of involvement in prostitution and were only freed after the authorities promised to shut down certain massage parlours in the capital.
Chinese workers have also been targeted in recent years by separatist militants in the western province of Balochistan.
Three Chinese engineers were shot dead in the province in February last year.
This is turning out to be really sad. Thanks for the updates guys.