Arrest Warrants Issued for Musharraf

On Friday, a district and sessions court issued non-bailable arrest warrants for former president of Pakistan, Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf. His exemption plea was dismissed in connection with the murder of Abdul Rasheed Ghazi, the Lal Masjid cleric. Musharraf’s plea for being exempted from making a court appearance was rejected by district and sessions judge Kamran Busharat Mufti. It was also stated by the court that if the former president failed to appear, then he would be brought forcibly by the police on July 24th.

A day before, the verdict on the exemption application by Musharraf in the murder case had been reserved by the court. After arguments had been completed by both parties on the application of exemption from appearing in the court, the judge had decided to reserve their verdict. Malik Tahir Mehmood, Musharraf’s counsel said that the court had the authority of exempting any suspect from appearing. Mehmood said that the application was filed under a number of sections of the Criminal Procedure code and the court grant exemption if it wished.