Lt. Col Haroon Islam – martyred @ Lal Masjid

Islamic militants led by an Al-Qaeda-linked group martyred a senior Pakistani army commando early Sunday morning during fierce clashes with troops on the sixth day of a siege at an Islamabad mosque.Pakistan’s military spokesmen have said that Colonel Haroon Islam died after an operation to blast through part of the wall surrounding the fortified Red Mosque complex and free some of the women and children allegedly being used as human shields. Chief military spokesman Major General Waheed Arshad said another army officer (a Major) was injured in the fighting with the Islamists led by the firebrand cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi.

“Rashid Ghazi and his militants were responsible for the murder of a senior army officer,” Information Minister Mohammad Ali Durrani said. “The operation will continue and Ghazi has to surrender.”

Yesterday, President Pervez Musharraf warned the militants to give up or be killed. The military ruler also told the hardline students late Saturday to immediately free all women and children. Pakistani forces have held back from raiding the now bullet-pocked mosque but there have intense clashes around the perimeter, including early Sunday when giant blasts echoed around the city.

Rasheed Ghazi told local television that 335 people inside the mosque were killed in Sunday’s latest fighting but Durrani dismissed the claim, saying that only the soldier died and putting the toll for the entire siege at 20. Concerns for women and children in the mosque grew after security officials said militants from a group linked to Al-Qaeda and to the murder of US journalist Daniel Pearl were now leading the mosque fighters.

There are also intelligence reports that there are two commanders from Harkatul-Jihad-e-Islami, a group that was involved in the Pearl’s murder inside the mosque. Harkatul-Jihad-e-Islami provided shelter for Al-Qaeda militants who fled Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban. It has been linked to Pearl’s 2002 beheading and a 2003 attempt to assassinate Musharraf.

There are rising concerns that these militants may start killing women and children inside and then blame it on the government. They know they have no escape route as they have no viable escape route left for them. Already there are confirmed reports that those inside the compound who wished to leave risked being shot by hardline students if they attempted to climb the wall, which is seven to eight feet (2.1 to 2.4 metres).

According to Ghazi, he and his followers have enough rations, arms and ammunition inside the compound to “fight for another 25 to 30 days and we will do that, God willing.” Ghazi, 43, also signalled his defiance by saying that he was telephoned by a man who claimed to have shot at Musharraf’s aircraft on Friday in revenge for the siege. Security officials said earlier they were probing possible links between the mosque operation and the failed bid to shoot down the president’s plane as it took off from Chaklala military airbase at Rawalpindi, near Islamabad.


56 Responses to “Lt. Col Haroon Islam – martyred @ Lal Masjid”

  1. 1 Irfan
    July 8, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    MY GOD! this will not go down well with the forces.

  2. 2 premo
    July 8, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    If there are any one in you who believe that the ENTIRE army and govt is to be blamed for what is going on right now then I should say that…

    1) the ENTIRE residency of G6 is to be blamed for this situation as well. Why? Because these people were the ones who applauded the efforts of lal masjid and hung banners on their roofs stating support and appreciation for what lal masjid’s women and men were doing! Look who is miserable now thanks to their very own religious saviors!

    2) the parents of all those women and children inside the mosque are to be blamed for believing in that establishment and sending their children blindly in there. Why? Because enrollments in the mosque actually soared AFTER the so called ‘state within the state’ approach was adopted by the Lal Masjid’s so called government. What were these parents thinking? Look now who is holding their offsprings and brothers and sisters hostage and minimizing their chances of survival!

    3) the ENTIRE media is to be blamed! Why? because the vested and integral interest of the media was, is, and always will be to give what the masses want to listen to. They are a commercial commodity who is a friend of no one.

    Blame them all too… ENTIRELY!

  3. 3 Ismail
    July 8, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    this could well be the turning point. the backlash by the army could be a decisive one.

  4. 4 Sobia
    July 8, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    Thank you for mentioning my cousin’s martyrdom on the blog.

  5. 5 proactive
    July 8, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    sobia we are all sorry for your loss. enough is enough with these lal masjid hooligans now! the state HAS to make an example out of them. no surrender for them should even be considered now.

  6. 6 Annie
    July 8, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    khudda ghaarat karay in islam ke naam par dehshat-gardi phelany waalay molviyon ko. kuttay ki maut milly inhain. najanay kitni maasom jaano ki kurbani denge yeh apni anaa ke liyay.

  7. 7 mujtaba
    July 8, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    Here’s a thought from my side… if there is no gas and electricity at the lal masjid then how come the mobile phones inside have batteries that have been lasting for 6 days now? if they are charging their phones how are they doing that?

  8. 8 rashid
    July 8, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    maybe they have small generators in there still

  9. 9 WaJaHaT
    July 8, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    Y r they not going for a full front action? if there r innocent ppl gettin killed with almost every bomb thats dropped inside lal masjid then why not barge in and try to save as many lives as they can. this thing should end by now!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. 10 George
    July 10, 2007 at 11:09 pm

    No sure if he is martyred or rot in Hell as he is only a member of the rogue army that was fighting against the Mullahs and not helping or saving Islam for that matter.
    Also if you look at it from a closer look it appears to be a highly political move and very very unplanned stratigecially.
    On the other hand Hazbullah is much better prepared for Israeli Army than Lal Mosque Cleric for Pakistan Army.

  11. 11 George
    July 10, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    Sobia I am sorry for your loose anyway

  12. 12 Zafar Khan
    July 11, 2007 at 9:50 am

    Lt. Col Haroon Islam was a member of Pakistan Army who is known throughout the world for invading its own country (East Pakistan – now Bangla Desh), brutalizing and inflicting casualties on its own people (Bangla Desh, Balochistan, Waziristan, Wana), raping women (East Pakistan – BD), maiming and murdering people (Lal Masjid), attacking and killing people in holy Kaa’ba (1979), working as foreign merceneries and hired killers (Jordon killing Palestinians), and being shamelessly defeated (1948, 1965 and 1971 by India), and SURRENDERING IN MASSES (1971 Paltan Maidan Dhaka).

    Col. Haroon Islam was no different then others as he was a member of an institution that has been sucking blood of its own people and ruling over them for most of the Pakistani unfortunate history. It had bred nothing but dictators and butchers like Musharraf, Yahya, Tikka, Ayub, and many others. Col. Haroon was just a pawn who was serving wishes of his master Musharraf. Calling him a shaheed is tantamount to attaching Alaheyis salam with Iblis and Namrud’s name. Alas, that Col. Haroon died so early without perhaps many parcels of land and blood ducking positions in public sector that these cursed Pakistani Army officials occupy after their undeserved retirement.

  13. 13 Zafar Khan
    July 11, 2007 at 9:56 am


    I am glad that Haroon Islam died alongwith that captain and some other army soldiers. What a soldier was he that he lost to a few ill armed students who were fighting in self defense. Haroon Islam belonged to the party who attacked and who fired first shot.

    I am sure that he would be in the company of those for whom he gave his life and alas, those cursed people would not be able to help him at all on the day of judgement. He was serving his masters and surely will be among them in the hell.

  14. 14 Arbab Khalil
    July 11, 2007 at 9:59 am


    Those so called Dehshat Gards are with their Lord now reaping fruits of their struggle to implement Islamic sharia. But you are still here and we need to see what kind of end your people or people who share your mentality meet.

  15. 15 Atif Muzaffar Mir
    July 13, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    What a brave man Haroon was. I salute him. He was great.

  16. 16 saif
    July 14, 2007 at 1:14 am

    We civilians of Pkistan are happy that a one more khaki dog has been killed..they eat 80% budjet of my counntry..they over rule the constition .. this khaki mafia is not allowing us to select democracy…PAK ARMY MURDA BAAD.. be sharm fauj .. they mad the world’s biggest surrnder in 1971 having 90,000 solders… lanut hamari fauj per

  17. 17 saif
    July 14, 2007 at 1:15 am

    We civilians of Pkistan are happy that a one more khaki dog has been killed..they eat 80% budjet of my counntry..they over rule the constition .. this khaki mafia is not allowing us to select democracy…PAK ARMY MURDA BAAD.. be sharm fauj .. they mad the world’s biggest surrnder in 1971 having 90,000 solders… lanut hamari fauj per

  18. 18 saif
    July 14, 2007 at 1:18 am


  19. 19 saif
    July 14, 2007 at 1:20 am

    lanut khaki kuttoon per

  20. 20 Hasan Ibrahim
    July 14, 2007 at 3:32 am


    Please be a little sensitive for those who lost a loved one. Haroon Islam was more then my Mamu; he was my closest friend. I don’t want to get in a big argument over who is wrong and who is’nt. Allah knows best a persons intentions and may Allah reward everyone who has died the highest levels of Jannah. May Allah also give strenght to the mothers, sisters, brothers, fathers, sons and daughters left behind.

    All politics aside, because the moment i lost my brother everything else became irrevelant !!

    Mr. Zafar, in any other discussion panel and in different Circumstances there is proof and a strong, passionate opinion’s on how the Army has taken advantage of Pakistan in history; but only on a macro level.

    This is what i can put my life on !! Haroon Islam was a true patriot; He had a passion to serve Pakistan; He fought in Seachen, Kargal War, went on a UN mission to Liberia; became the Commanding Officer of Zarrar Company SSG. He was a dedicated solder who honestly believed in the cause of doing his best. He had all the reasons as commanding office of Lal Masjid operation to only deligate, but instead he participated in numerous operations and exercises himself…

    I only ask people not judge his PERSON !! We all have a job to do, and if one does it well lets honor his performance and courage, and NOT attack him personally…

  21. July 17, 2007 at 6:21 pm

    It is really sad that so many people had to die. I have some strong words for the people who thing they can judge who goes to Jannah & who goes to Jahanam. That is not for us to worry ; it’s Allah’s call. I am not a supporter of Pakistan Army although i have myself served in Army but the poor colonel who died was working for his country, he was not working for any General, besides when he joined the Gen was not the Gen. then. Anyways my point is what happened was sad.

    I don’t care if they were right or wrong the Mullahs but so many children and women dint have to die. If our soldiers are that strong & talented as we hear; cant they just launch an operation to peacefully take over Lal Masjid ? same happened while Bugti was murdered. What do you expect them to do when fighting some full fledge Army ??

    May Allah bless everyone with Jannah who had wished for it & believed in Allah & show them the right path who wish for it.

    my 2 cents. Just have a look at my blog where i have posted a article written by Dr. Shahid Masood @ http://jdraf.blogspot.com

  22. 22 Taimur Khan
    July 17, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    The day i knew about the LAL-Masjid thing. I was with the molvies since the begning. I was even thinking to get out of my house and protect the lal-masjid with all the molvies. But that was the only time i was sitting beside the tv and media was playing with me. We all are beliving what media is telling us. We dont know the facts that are happning out there. Its really easy to say whatever we feel about anyone and to judge anyone. But it was time that came and told me truth is something else and these molvies are not protecting ISLAM infact ruinin the history of ISLAM. Where does ISLAM say to make women and small children hostages? can any1 of you answer?
    Col.Haroon Islam (shaheed) was more then a saga mamoo to me and one of the closest people ever i had in life. I lost my friend just because he was protecting you all against the criminal act going on in LAL-Masjid. Till his last time he was saying that he wanted to take out all the children and women (hostages) who where in the mosque,no inoccent should be killed. I dont want to say much but that i feel ashamed for what muslims are doing and what you pakistanies think about your army and the shaheeds who gave livez for you that your brothers cant even do for you. i pray kae Allah humae sahee rastae per layee aur hidayat dae…ameen

  23. 23 George
    July 27, 2007 at 4:27 pm

    Oh Taimur. I am not sure if he is protecting hostages or working on the American Agenda. Ask any women or children of LAL Mosque and they will tell you about the truth.Wasting your life while you are on a duty which is morally incorrect and you don’t have the courage to leave it for the sake of economics does not grant anyone the status of a shaheed
    And yes I agree that May Allah guide all Muslims to SARAT_E_MUSTAQEEM .

  24. August 2, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    Mister George its pretty easy to sit beside your computer and write these kind of comments on him…but what he did all his life we know it.He was a part of Pakistan army since Musharaf was not even the Chief of army staff.Dont blame him for what Musharaf is doing with Pakistan.Col.Haroon Islam (shaheed) gave his life for some reason that every one knows and everyone is proud of him.I have asked many people and he’s a hero for most of our youngsters.I think you are not aware of for what he has really done.Today we are safe and sound in our homes just because of his actions.We cant let anyone make his own government in Pakistan and tell the pakistani government what to and not to.If this starts happnin i guess eveyone will try to make his own actions and decsions on the government.

  25. 25 Amjad
    August 2, 2007 at 9:10 pm

    if haroon was fighting against shuhada-e-lal Masjid, then I can guess he will not be shaheed.

    There is only one chance (which is quite possible) that Musharraf picked up (selected) Haroon, plotted him to a dangerous scene, exposed him such that he be ambushed (not by militants, but by Mush’s trusted secrete agents) .
    If that is so, haroon must have lost his life in innosence.

    Wallah o Aalam

  26. 26 afshan
    August 4, 2007 at 11:02 pm

    for all of those who r blaming army . whenever in the past our country was in difficult situation dis army protect them from enemis n now these stupid ppl blaming arm,y for all the situation infact they all are the partners of those terorists

  27. 27 afshan
    August 4, 2007 at 11:04 pm

    col haroon isalm was fighting against terorists not for shuad-e-laal masjid .they all ere terosrists n haroon islam gave his life for his country mind this thing MR amjed

  28. 28 afshan
    August 4, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    junaid u r right that Allah will decide who will go tu jannah. because AMLOON KA DAROOMIDAAR NEEATOON PAEY HAI . n col haroon islam had strong belief on shadat and on islam.

  29. 29 afshan
    August 4, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    saif wat have u done for pakistan.? can u explain any one thing to me. ppl like u r are just the big bastards. aur LANAT APP PER BI SAIF

  30. 30 afshan
    August 4, 2007 at 11:15 pm

    ZAFAR KHAN i think u r also fm those terorists thats why u r glad . oh u sick terorists u ppl were affraid of ppl like col haroon islam thats why u r GLAD hahahahha

  31. 31 afshan
    August 4, 2007 at 11:18 pm

    GEORGE how dare u to say any thing about my country or about my ARMY MEN just stay in ur boots dont try to be involve in our matters . U sick non -muslims

  32. 32 Amjad
    August 6, 2007 at 12:04 am

    Jinhoon ne Masjid ujar dalee
    Kabhi to unka hisab hoga!

  33. 33 talal
    August 14, 2007 at 9:52 am

    kutay saiif how dare you say that to Lt Col haroon islam

  34. 34 talal
    August 14, 2007 at 9:58 am

    goerge bastard dont say against Lt Col Haroon islam who gave his own life for those inoccent kids and women.mind your language you sick non muslim.

  35. 35 talal
    August 14, 2007 at 10:04 am

    george you would loose yourself one day inshallah

  36. 36 talal
    August 14, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    saif ,lanut teri kali bhooti per

  37. 37 hassan
    August 14, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    saif kutey key bechay ainda haroon islam aur pak army key barey mein mat kaheen

  38. 38 talal
    August 14, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    pak fauj tou zindabad pakistan paindabad

  39. 39 talal
    August 14, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    i am prud of you haroon islam

  40. 40 Adil Shah
    August 15, 2007 at 9:54 pm

    Dear Hasan Ibrahim and Sobia,

    I am really sorry for your loss and please accept my sinker apologies on behalf of those who are writing negative notes about Harron with out knowing him at all.
    Lt.Co. Haroon was my friend, a good friend that I know from Liberia when he was serving UNMIL in 2005/06. I had a different opinion about army before meeting Harron and some other Army friends. They are people like us; the difference is that they guard us from bad people so that we can live happily with out a problem in our country. Lt.Col. Haroon with his other army friend had looked after me very well when I was sheavering with Malaria.
    Going back to the Pakistan army, as far as I am concern, it is the only institute that remained with professionalism and at least less corruption. Let me ask those people who are writing the negative stuff about Haroon and Army that where in Quran Allah says, if some one is not following Islamic laws, Kill that person and make him follow the Islamic rules. Show me where it written. Unlucky for them no where. People are saying here that Haroon was trying to destroy the mosque. I say no, he was trying to save the mosque but the people who were inside the mosque themselves destroyed it. They had no guts to stay away from a holly place while running the politics on the other side. Ghazi brothers murdered all the people inside the mosque including my friend Haroon and I am sure God will never forgive them. Islam say, TUMHARA MAZHAB TUMHARAY LIYAH OUR MERA MAZHAB MAEAY LIYAH. I will never force Islam at some one and will never accept the same from any other.

    Please pass my apologies on this incident to Haroon’s wife and love to the daughters. He always use to tell me that He miss the family allot in Liberia.

  41. 41 talal
    August 16, 2007 at 8:48 am

    Ok i’ll tell your apologies to my baby cousins.they also miss their father alot.adil shah.

  42. 42 Amjad
    August 25, 2007 at 12:14 am

    O My Lord make, Islam My life, Al-Quraan My guide, The Sunnah My practice, Jihad My spirit,
    Righteousness My character, Paradise My goal,
    And that I enjoin that which is right, Forbid that which is wrong, Fight against oppression, and
    Die to establish Islam, Aameen

  43. 43 imran
    September 9, 2007 at 2:25 am

    these contractor of islam who considers himself the sole liable in the entire civil society for the islam, needs to be cooled down.They should not be involved in politics. because their vision is upto the diessel permit.their mission is the thing that is halal to them is haram for the rest. col haroon served the nation by following the state order. besides that he belongs to khaki janta, he sacrified his present on our future. he also revived the tradation that leaders are always on front. offcourse he was a genniune commited leader .my salute to him .my regards for his family

  44. 44 afshan
    September 14, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    babloo mamoo (col haroon islam) we always miss u in alll are joys n soroows u prove that u are a real hero and a true muslim .

  45. 45 afshan
    September 14, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    jinhoon naey shaheed ko bura kaha kabhi un ka bhi hisba ho ga n mr george dont dare to say anythng about my mamooo.

  46. 46 afshan
    September 14, 2007 at 10:30 pm

    talal u r right we r proud of him and proud of ourselves too tht we r directly related to him.

  47. 47 afshan
    September 14, 2007 at 10:36 pm

    adil shah u r right in Quran Allah says, if some one is not following Islamic laws, Kill that person and make him follow the Islamic rules. Show me where it written.aur woah jo haroon islam ko personaly jantey hien sirf wahi andaza laga skty hien k he was a real muslim .Allha said k haqooq Allah tu muaf ho jayein gay per haqooq-ul- ibaad muaff nai hoon gay haroon islam naey donoon terha k haqooq pourey kiye.

  48. 48 Anonymous
    September 26, 2007 at 5:51 am

    Zafar Khan, all i have to say is that you live in a very small world.

  49. 49 Anonymous
    September 26, 2007 at 5:51 am

    oh ya and..grow up if u can

  50. 50 Anonymous
    September 26, 2007 at 5:54 am

    and george, ..first of all what kind of a fukin name is george ..get your white little fukin ass out of here, coz punks like you dont know anything but to open ur mouths..and sooner or later i gona have to shut that shithole up. 🙂

  51. 51 khurram
    January 22, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    yes haroon is the hero of muslim world………
    he is not dead he always remain in our heart because he give his life for his contry and name of islam….
    SHAHEED ko murda mat kaho woh hamesha zinda rehta hay……….

  52. 52 Rashid khan
    July 25, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Lal Msjid people are great they accept death but didn’t surrendered inforon of musharaf

  53. 53 Abù.Musá ¦ÀŀĞãřēēߦ
    January 9, 2009 at 12:07 am

    LAL Masjid and Jamia Hafiza incident was the 2nd Karbala on another land of Muhammad s.a.w under the rule of another Jazeed, May Allah s.w.t give high ranks in Jannah to all Shuhdah of Jamia hafza and Lalmasjid.

    As rasool’ulAllah (Salellah hu Alehewasalam)said:
    1.Muhammad (saw) said, “The one who strikes the head (i.e. kills) of the Pharoah of his time will get the reward of Ahlul Badr.”

    2.Whosoever shows enmity to someone devoted to Me, I shall be at war with him. [Hadith Qudsi]

    and other three in this context:

    Abdullah ibn Masud (ra) said, “There will be on the doors of the rulers (doors of the state) and its departments a lot of Fitnah. You will never receive anything from their authority except that they will take away something similar from your Deen.” [Bayhaqi]

    Abdullah ibn Masud (ra) said, “Whoever wants to protect, respect, honour his Deen he should not go and accompany rulers those whom he will have seclusion with, like the foreign woman (i.e. khalwah (one to one)), those he will compromise with and who follow Hawa (desires).” [Saheeh Sahabi]

    Abdullah ibn Masud (ra) said, “A man will enter the ruler (e.g. sit, eat, talk, give him greetings, take a photo with him etc.) with his Deen and he will walk away without his Deen.” [Bukhari’s Tareekh & Saheeh Sahabi]

    May Allah show all of us(Ummah-e-Muhammad s.a.w) the path of success like Imam-e-Husain (r.a) choosed.

    (Note: its kind request to all my brothers n sisters plz dont abuse any one in ignorance jazak’Allah khair)
    wala hu alim!

  54. 54 SADAT AKBAT
    June 4, 2009 at 4:22 am

    col haroon islam and recent shaheed swat opration capt najam riaz ,capt bilal zafar and many many others is great heros of pakistan we can say son of pakistan

  55. 55 umar javaid
    November 17, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Salam to the shuhada’s of Lal masjid. may allah give them the right place in jannat. about pakistan army, our army is the best army in whole world but they haven’t the brain they are dagdimmag and any out side country can easily use the pakistan forces. pakistan army do the opeartions against the people who are not guilty and they are innocent. pak army was also not happy in operation of lal masjid. but order is order so our army have the best operational polices, at border our army is not best but in country they have not take any part in goverment or any other activity of the goverment. salam to pakistan army. but lal masjid operation was a great fault of our army. i con’nt understand that who was shaheed col haroon or the innocent people of lal masjid and jammia hafza.

  56. 56 khan
    June 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    That dirty col why yiou call him shaheed.A hindu does die for his country he is also shaheed.Ask this col in the grave what taste he has in his body,he must be dirty smell stink

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