ISLAMABAD: Non-bailable warrants of arrest issued by the district and sessions court on Friday against the former Pakistan president, Pervez Musharraf pertaining to the murder case of Lal Masjid`s cleric, Ghazi Abdul Rasheed.
The plea from the former Prime Minister to be exempted from appearing in the court got rejected by the District and Session Judge, Kamran Busharat Mufti.
On the contrary, the court stated that Musharraf will be escorted to the court by the police on 24th July, if he fails to appear on his own accord.
The district and session court confirmed its verdict on the exemption application from Musharraf in the Ghazi Abdul Rasheed murder case on Thursday.
District and sessions judge, Kamran Basharat Mufti, finalized the verdict after both the parties presented their arguments on the application seeking exemption from appearance in the case.
However, Musharraf’s counsel Malik Tahir Mehmood, exerted that the court has the authority to exempt any suspect from his appearance in the court if it willed, thanks to its inheritance power.
The counsel for the other party, Tariq Asad, defied the requests, claiming that Musharraf deliberately avoided making an appearance in the court, in spite of the several notices.
He further opposed that Musharraf had been granted leave on medical grounds but if he was healthy enough to make his appearances to television shows then he might as well show up in the court. He also requested the court to issue a non-bailable warrant against the suspect.
Bearing the arguments in mind, the court has reserved the verdict for 19th June 2015.
The aforementioned lawsuit is registered against General Pervez, filed by the son of the assailed, for the alleged murder of Rasheed and his mother during the Lal Masjid operation in 2013.
The FIR launched at the Aabpara police station referred to a 20-pages long Lal Masjid commission report which held Musharraf responsible for the military operation.