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"The Road to Lal Masjid and its Aftermath"

"The Road to Lal Masjid and its Aftermath"

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Terrorism Monitor, volume V, issue 14, pages 4-7

July 19, 2007

Author: Hassan Abbas, Former Senior Advisor, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security; Managing the Atom; Science, Technology, and Public Policy


"It is clear that most Pakistanis wanted Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) leader Maulana Abdul Rashid Ghazi to be held accountable for his vigilantism and for trying to enforce his extremist version of Islam on society. The public's views have changed, however, now that it has become obvious that the government used indiscriminate force during the operation and since its claims about the presence of foreign militants inside the mosque complex have not been independently verified."


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Abbas, Hassan. "The Road to Lal Masjid and its Aftermath." Terrorism Monitor, July 19, 2007.

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