Ghazi murder case: Musharraf's request for permanent exemption rejected

Court summons former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on May 3.

Web Desk April 05, 2014
Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: A local court in Islamabad rejected former president Pervez Musharraf's request for permanent exemption in the Abdul Rasheed Ghazi murder case, Express News reported on Saturday.

Musharraf has been accused of murdering former ‘prayer leader’ of Lal Masjid, Abdul Rasheed Ghazi during the infamous 2007 operation.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Wajid Ali Khan has summoned the former president on May 3.

During the hearing today, Musharraf’s lawyer Advocate Akhtar Shah requested for the exemption. On this, the complainants lawyer stated that Musharraf was getting more security than President Mamnoon Hussain as well as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and therefore there was no justification for this exemption.

The case

On September 2, a case was registered in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against Musharraf for the murder of the former cleric and his mother during the Lal Masjid operation.

The case was filed after Haroon Rasheed, the son of Ghazi, submitted an application at the Aabpara police station for the registration of an FIR against the former president for involvement in the death of Haroon’s father and grandmother.

In the application, Rasheed had referred to about 20 pages of the Lal Masjid Commission report, which hold the former president responsible for the operation.

Earlier, the IHC had stopped Station House Officer (SHO) Aabpara Police Station, Qasim Niazi from leaving the courtroom, saying that he would not be allowed to leave until a case was registered against Musharraf.

Police had earlier refused a request by leaders of the Red Mosque to name General Musharraf as a suspect in the case of a military raid in 2007 which saw dozens killed including one of the administrators.


farhan | 7 years ago | Reply

Who were these lal masjid people and what were they doing with deadly weapons inside a place of worship between non combatant citizens ?

Punish Mush for whatever he has done wrong but then be careful about what you want for yourselves.

Salman Khalid | 7 years ago | Reply

@Rex Minor: hahah what Law you must be joking this is Pakistan we are talking about and like common people here get easy and fast justice right? I do not think so. Any person who cared enough to do some research on this matter can easily tell that this is not justice this is just dirty disgusting politics and vendetta. Also just to inform you Musharraf chose to come back knowing about all this. thank you

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