President Musharraf warns Lal Masjid occupiers to surrender


Suni Shoran(Balochistan) : President General Pervez Musharraf here Saturday warned the Lal Masjid elements to surrender or otherwise face the consequences.

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Talking to media representatives at the residence of Federal Minister Yar Mohammad Rind in Sani Shoran Bolan district, he said the government has demonstrated extraordinary patience regarding Lal Masjid issue but it should not be taken as its weakness.

The government is fully capable and has enough resources to clear the mosque premises of the elements holed up inside but it was not using full force in view of the presence of women and children there.

He said elements present in Lal Masjid were bringing bad name to Islam, Muslims and the country.

The President said around 1400 inmates had surrendered and urged the remaining to hand themselves over to the authorities.

Referring to relief operation in rains hit areas, the President said the government would mobilize its all available resources to fully rehabilitate the affected population. The current torrential rains followed by flood have inflicted severe damages upon the people as well as civic infrastructure in these areas but the government is committed to compensate their losses.

On the occasion, he also announced Rs. 30 million as development package for Bolan district.

He also said study of Bolan, Mula and Suklug dams is being carried out and construction of these dams would be launched soon after completion of feasibility studies. The construction of these three dams will on the one hand improve agriculture in the area while on the other check future floods, the President said.

Governor Balochistan Awais Ahmed Ghani, Chief Minister Jam Mohammad Yusuf, Commander Southern Command Lt. General Khalid Shameem Wyeen and other concerned official were also present on the occasion