The following is an in depth interview conducted by the highly respected Dr.Shahid Masood at the Lal masjid, with both the female students and the late Abdul Rashid Ghazi. This interview is from March of this year on the "Meray Mutabiq" program( urdu for "in my opinion"). Masood was fired from the ARY channel(thanks to "pressure" from Musharraf's goons) and moved to GEO TV. Contrary to popular misinformation, this affair started after 7/7 when Musharraf ordered a raid on the masjid(at the "request" of the British government to crack down on madrassas) in which commandos fired upon and severely beat the female students(who consequently retaliated in the second raid with batons and ejected the thugs). I've provided a short summary for each video segment(if any of you tech wizards can add subtitles, I'll do a full translation)
Introductory segment. Dr. Masood raises the question of how far can people in civil society go before breaking the law. Ghazi explains that there is no law and order in Pakistan and that his students only took action(against the brothel) after all other options were exhausted.
Masood asks Ghazi if he will forcibly enforce public morality, to which Ghazi responds this is an entirely different matter where criminal activity was taking place out in the open, with the authorities sitting on their hands despite repeated complaints. Hence the citizens arrest, detainment, and subsequent closure of the brothel with the departure of its madame from the area.
One of the ladies asks where is the law, and how its the duty of individuals in society to make corrections with their hands, citing Hadith.
Some statements in english here. An explanation of why the sisters started to use batons in self-defense after repeated raids and physical assaults. Ghazi dismisses the accusation of "talibization" as a smear tactic propagated in the western press, especially after 7/7. We also learn that 6500 students are enrolled at the masjid.
Concluding segment. More details of how rangers beat woman during the initial raid. Ghazi states that any assault would be "a great mishap."