Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Pakistan's Musharraf gets bail in Red Mosque case
Accused of ordering killing of cleric and 154 others
File photo shows Pervez Musharraf on his return to Karachi in March (AFP/Aamir Qureshi)
- ucanews.com reporter Islamabad
- November 5, 2013
Former Pakistan military ruler Pervez Musharraf was granted bail Monday for his role in the 2007 military raid on the Red Mosque that killed 154 people including a prominent radical Islamic cleric.
The former military ruler was ordered to post two bonds of roughly US$1,000 each.
“My client was falsely implicated in the case. There is no evidence that Musharraf had ordered the raid on the Red Mosque,” Ilyas Siddiqui, Musharraf’s lawyer told reporters.
Monday’s court hearing related to the 2007 siege on Islamabad’s Red Mosque where hundreds of armed radicals had bunkered down in Islamabad’s Red Mosque before troops allegedly under Musharraf’s orders stormed the building.
Killed in the raid were Islamic cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi and his mother, along with 154 people, including troops, seminary students and suspected militants.
Musharraf, 70, already has been granted bail and under house arrest since April for a slew of crimes, including the in the 2007 assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, the killing of a Baluch separatist leader and the detention of several Pakistani judges.
Musharraf faced the charges since returning in March from a self-imposed exile to lead his political party in May parliamentary elections. He was disqualified and barred from taking part in the polls.
He is currently being held at his heavily-guarded farmhouse on the outskirts of Islamabad.
Musharraf took power in a 1999 coup and led the country until he stepped down in 2008 under the threat of impeachment.