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Pakistan judge to probe 2007 mosque raid

Published on Dec 4, 2012 9:02 PM

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan's top court on Tuesday appointed a judge to investigate an army assault on a radical mosque in the capital in 2007 that opened the floodgates on a Taleban uprising, a lawyer said.

Critics said the move was a further sign of the Supreme Court meddling in politics and warned it could fan tensions between the state and Islamists.

"Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry observed that police have failed to satisfy the court and ordered a judicial commission to probe the matter," Tariq Asad, a lawyer involved in the case, told AFP.

Judge Shahzad Sheikh, from a federal sharia court, has been appointed to the one-man commission and police have been ordered to hand him all documents relating to the case, Mr Asad added.

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