Non-bailable warrant issued by Pakistan court to Pakistan’s Ex president Pervez Musharraf

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Islamabad, April 2: A court in Islamabad on Thursday issued non-bailable warrant against Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf in a case pertaining to the murder of former Lal Masjid cleric Ghazi Abdul Rasheed, Dawn online reported.

Musharraf’s counsel moved an application in the court requesting complete exemption for him from appearing in the court citing ill health.

Additional Sessions Judge Wajid Ali Khan rejected the exemption plea and issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against former military ruler over his failure to appear in the court despite repeated summons.

Musharraf’s surety bond worth Rs100,000 which was submitted in the previous hearing has also been cancelled. The hearing of the case was subsequently adjourned to April 27.

A case was registered against Pervez Musharraf in 2013 over the alleged murder of cleric Rasheed and his wife during the 2007 Lal Masjid military operation.

Musharraf faces a string of court cases dating back to his 1999-2008 rule, including the death of Ghazi, one of more than 100 people killed after Pakistani troops stormed the Red Mosque in Islamabad on July 10, 2007.

In June, the Supreme Court suspended a decision which would have allowed Musharraf to leave the country.

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