Abdul Rashid Ghazi

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Abdul Rashid
Born (1964-01-29)January 29, 1964
Islamabad, Pakistan
Died July 10, 2007(2007-07-10) (aged 43)
Lal Masjid, Islamabad, Pakistan
Cause of death Gunshot injury
Nationality Pakistan
Alma mater Quaid-i-Azam University
Children Haroon Rashid Ghazi
Haris Rashid Ghazi
Hamza Rashid Ghazi
Abdul Rashid Ghazi

Abdul Rashid (عبدالرشيد; ca. 1964 – July 10, 2007)[1] was an Islamist Pakistani fundamentalist; son of Muhammad Abdullah, and younger brother of Abdul Aziz. He was descended from the Sadwani clan of Mazari tribe in the town of Rojhan in Rajanpur, the border district of Punjab province of Pakistan.[2]

Abdul Rashid was killed during Operation Silence after Pakistan Army Special Operations Commandos' teams stormed the Madrasah he and his students had been using.

Early life[edit]

In his youth Abdul Rashid defied his father's wish that he receive formal Islamic education as he wanted to live a modern life. He completed his MSc in International Relations from Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad in 1987–1988.[3] According to one of his professors, "He was a normal, modern student who was well adjusted to a co-educational system."[3]

Work For UN[edit]

After taking a degree of MSc history he obtained a job at the Ministry of Education in Islamabad, and Later worked with UNESCO as seventeen grade officer.[3]

Soviet Afghan War[edit]

His Father Played A major role in recruiting and training mujahideen, Ghazi Is Said To Have Went To Afghanistan to Help The Afghans , In 1998 He And His Father met Osama bin Laden And Ayman al-Zawahiri In Kandahar

Assassination Of Father[edit]

A Week After Ghazi And His Father Returned From Kandahar, On Saturday October,17,1998 Ghazi's Father Muhammad Abdullah Ghazi walked to his madrassa jamia faradia In E-7 and returned by car at noon. As he got out of the car, his elder son moulana Abdul-aziz approached him and spoke to him. When Moulana approached his house, a man standing in front of the door walked towards him and pulled out a gun and opened fire until the magazine was empty, badly injuring Moulana. Afterwards, he fired at Abdul-aziz, who barely escaped death. The assassin escaped with the help of an accomplice waiting outside in a car. Moulana Abdullah died of his injuries on the way to the hospital.

Post 2001[edit]

Abdul Rashid Ghazi first came to the scene in the year 2001, when the religious parties of the country announced an organization for the defense of Afghanistan against the American invasion. Abdul Rashid Ghazi, who had now been a Maulana, did not suddenly have any religious religious education and degree, was considered the main leader of Mawlawi's alliance. Everyday in Islamabad, there would be a rally and Maulana Abdul Rashid Ghazi addressed in the emotional way standing with other religious leaders.

Abdur Rasheed Ghazi And His Brother Maulana Azizz Were Respected Teachers And loved Their students  For example they used to spend 10 million PKR on the students and supported nearly 10,000 students, yet they themselves are known to eat from the students’ leftovers. Despite having so much funds to spend on students Abdul  Rasheed Ghazi drove a small Suzuki Mehran.

Under the leadership of and his brother the mosque and the madrassa attached to it challenged the Actions of the Pakistani government; in particular the military operations against pro-Taleban militants in Pakistan's tribal areas. A fatwa issued by the mosque describing militants killed during the campaign as 'martyrs' led to a rapid deterioration in relations between Pervez Musharraf and . The Pakistan government claimed was involved in a plot against the president, the army and parliament; however this was later refuted by the government minister for religious affairs.[4]

Death And Legacy[edit]

After negotiations Allegedly failed, the military decided to take an action against, and it began as Pakistan Army Special Forces (SF), Pakistan Army Rangers, and Special Service Group (SSG) stormed the mosque. Ghazi himself remained in seminary with a few students. He called for a safe way in which he would Not be humiliated Like His Brother, But Government Denied His Requests, The Pakistan Ministry of Interior reported that he was killed on 10 July 2007 during Operation Silence. According to the ISPR the body of was found in the basement of the Lal Masjid.

Few Days After His Death His Famous Saying "We can be martyred but we will not surrender" Was Featured As Quote of the Day On Time (magazine)'s Website

On July 14, A few days after the Lal Masjid siege , Osama bin Laden released a tape. He was shown with a fatigued expression. He Said : We in al Qaeda organization call on God to witness that we will retaliate for the blood of ... Abdul Rashid Ghazi and those with him against Musharraf and those who help him, and for all the pure and innocent blood.

On September 20, 2007 Osama bin Laden video, Bin Laden released a new tape called "Come to Jihad" with his voice over previously released footage of him. In the tape bin Laden called on Pakistanis to overthrow President Pervez Musharraf, promising what he called retaliation for the storming of the Red Mosque


  1. ^ Cameron-Moore, Simon "Pakistan counts costs of bloody end to mosque siege" Reuters, 10, July 2007 retrieved 27 July 2009.
  2. ^ Tadfeen Islamabad mein ki jaey BBCUrdu, 11 July 2007, retrieved 21 July 2009 Archived November 8, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b c "Islamabad Red Mosque Cleric Killed" Archived 2007-07-12 at the Wayback Machine. Pakistan Times, 11 July 2007, retrieved 27 July 2009
  4. ^ Farooqui, Asif "Obituary: Abdul Rashid ", BBC, July, 2007, retrieved 27 July 2009.

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