The hearing of Abdul Rashid Ghazi murder case and Musharraf’s bail petition in this very case have been adjourned until November 11 and November 4 respectively.
Additional Session Judge Wajid Ali was hearing Rashid Ghazi murder case and Musharraf’s bail petition here on Friday.
During the hearing, former president Pervez Musharraf’s lawyer said that his client had filed bail petition two days after the registration of case, while the court has already heard the arguments and prayed for announcing the decision today.
The Judge inquired from the investigation officer was there any new evidence in the case?
Qari Wajih advocate said that the police didn’t submit the postmortem report along with the record of the case. According to postmortem report, 23 bullets had hit Abdul Rashid Ghazi. The court should allow time for the arguments instead of announcing decision on the bail petition, Qari Wajih advocate prayed.
During the hearing, Tariq Asad, the counsel of the complainant, Haroon Rasheed, and a representative of the Lal Masjid Shuhada Foundation, alleged that the police had destroyed all the evidence and subsequently declared Musharraf ‘innocent’ in the murder of Ghazi Abdul Rasheed.
Asad said he wanted to provide more evidence before the court, adding that a case "as important as this" should not be handled in a roughshod manner.
The counsel further requested the court to postpone its decision on the former military ruler's bail plea so that he may present more evidence before it.
Asad referred to the statement of an additional witness, saying he wanted to present his arguments on that.
The court subsequently adjourned the hearing of the bail plea to Nov 4.
Moreover, Musharraf's trial hearing was also postponed to Nov 11 when the judge said he had not received a notification for the former president's jail trial.
The judge said the jail trial could not commence until a notification was received in this respect.
Musharraf was booked in the murder case of Lal Masjid cleric Ghazi Abdul Rasheed on Sept 2 after Haroon Rasheed, the cleric’s son, approached the IHC for registering an FIR against the former dictator for launching the 2007 operation. During the operation, 102 people – 10 army men, one Rangers official, three civilians and 88 people inside the mosque – had died.
Former President is also embroiled in four other cases: the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the murder of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti, the detention of deposed Supreme Court judges and the declaration of emergency on Nov 3, 2007.