Lal Masjid deaths: how many, who and most importantly why?
Gen Musharraf needed to storm Lal Masjid for two reasons. The first has received a lot of attention in the international media: restoring the ‘writ of the state’. The second has not: silencing those who would have spilled the beans on the links between the Pakistani military establishment and the jihadi network. [See Ejaz Haider’s op-ed in the Daily Times] Operation Silence—they do have a wonderful sense of irony out there—managed to achieve both ends…for now.
The question now is which of these two successes will unravel first.