ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday suspended non-bailable arrest warrant issued against former President Pervez Musharraf in the Lal Masjid cleric murder case.
Justice Amir Farooq suspended temporarily the interim non-bailable arrest warrant issued by a district court for Gen Musharraf in the murder case of Ghazi Abdul Rashid Ghazi.
The judge accepted plea of Musharraf’s counsel and suspended non-bailable warrant issued against Musharraf by a district court.
Musharraf’s counsel Malik Tahir Mehmood had filed the plea seeking suspension of the warrant.
He also requested exemption of the accused from appearing in court in the case.
Mehmood told the court that medical report of Musharraf showed that he cannot travel due to cardiac and spinal cord problems and asked the court to exempt him from appearing in the court on permanent basis.
The counsel further said that an anti-terrorism court (ATC) of Quetta had already exempted him from court appearance.
On this Justice Farooq said that the ATC of Quetta was a separate court. The counsel contended that Musharraf’s medical report had not been challenged at any forum and prayed that his arrest warrant issued by lower court be suspended.
While opposing the plea, Tariq Asad, counsel for Lal Masjid, said that the district court had rejected the application of Gen Musharraf regarding the exemption under section 540-A.
The judge adjourned hearing in the case till July 27.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 24th, 2015.