Court summons Musharraf on May 22 – Ghazi murder case

ISLAMABAD: On May 22, a local court resumed hearing the murder case of former prayer leader of Lal Masjid, Abdul Rasheed Ghazi and ordered one-time former president and accused in the case General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf .

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Furtherl District and Sessions Judge Wajid Ali had rejected Musharraf’s petition seeking permanent exemption in the Ghazi murder case during the final hearing and had summoned him for today.

Musharraf’s lawyer, Major (retd) Akhtar Shah appeared in the court and presented three applications on behalf of his client that included seeking acquittal in the Ghazi murder case, exempt from today’s hearing and permanent exemption from appearing in the courtyard.

Musharraf’s counsel Akhtar Shah presented the stance that the Lal Masjid operation was conducted on the directives of the then-administration.

He added that Deputy Commissioner Islamabad had written a letter to Triple One Brigade for conducting the operation.

The court, granted Musharraf exemption from today’s audience and issued notices to the concerned parties on his applications regarding permanent exemption from the proceedings and acquittal from the murder charges.

Judge Wajid Ali remarked that the accused was granted exemptifor as he is not present in the city, however, no excuse will be accepted for next hearing and ordered the relevant authorities to secure his presence on May 22.

The Lal Masjid operation was a 2007 government crackdown on the controversial pro-Taliban mosque in Islamabad, which terminated in a bloody eight-day siege killing at least 58 Pakistani troops and seminary students.

The plaintiff Haroon Rashid’s lawyer, Tariq Asad Advocate said that Pervez Musharraf could be raised in court by making proper security arrangements.

Persisting in his argument, plaintiff’s lawyer said that Musharraf was also getting his mother’s serious illness an excuse for escaping the tribulation.

He further stated that Pervez Musharraf had been furnished with more security than the president and the prime minister and added even US president doesn’t come so much of security.

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