Former Pakistani President Musharraf Arrested Over 2007 Raid on Mosque

Operation ordered by Musharraf, led to bloody siege


Beleaguered former President Pervez Musharraf was on Thursday arrested for ordering a crackdown on the radical Lal Masjid, less than 24 hours after his lawyers claimed he could walk out of house arrest after being granted bail in the Akbar Bugti murder case. "He (Musharraf) has been arrested," said Aasia Ishaque, spokesperson for Musharraf?s All Pakistan Muslim League party. She confirmed that the 70-year-old former military was arrested in the Lal Masjid case.

"The SSP of Islamabad and the chief of Aabpara Police Station went to his house and arrested him," she told PTI.

On September 2, police filed a case against Musharraf over the killing of cleric Abdul Rashid and his mother during the 2007 military operation against extremists holed up in the Lal Masjid.

The operation, ordered by Musharraf, ended with a bloody eight-day siege that killed nearly 100 people, including Pakistani troops.