Islamabad - A local court Thursday issued non-bailable arrest warrants against former military dictator General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf in Abdul Rasheed Ghazi and his mother Sahiba Khatoon murder case.

Besides issuing the non-bailable arrest warrants of Musharraf, additional district and sessions judge Wajid Ali Khan also ordered to forfeit his bail bonds and directed police to produce him before the court on April 27 after arresting the accused.

Advocate Tariq Asad and Advocate Malik Abdul Haq appeared before the court on the behalf of plaintiff Haroon Rasheed Ghazi son of late Abdul Rasheed Ghazi while Advocate Malik Tahir Mehmood a new counsel for Musharraf appeared before the court and presented his power of attorney in this matter.

During the hearing, the counsel for the former president moved an application under Section 540-A for the exemption of appearance of his client on medical grounds. In the application, he adopted that in Akbar Bugti murder case, an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) of Quetta had constituted a 9-member medical board to conduct medical examination of Musharraf. He said that this medical board had conducted his client’s medical examination and its report would be finalised within two days.

Advocate Tahir Mehmood was of the view that Musharraf would definitely appear before the court if the medical board permitted him to do so.

The plaintiff’s counsels strongly opposed the application and pointed out that similar applications for the exemption of Musharraf’s appearance had been filed under the same provision of law repeatedly upon which the trial court had already passed judicial verdict that such applications were not maintainable.

They argued that 30 hearings of the case had been conducted but Musharraf did not appear before the case despite the fact that he was repeatedly summoned by the court to appear before it.

On the last hearing, the court had issued his bailable arrest warrants after Musharraf’s continuous absence from the proceedings and the former president had given written guarantee to SHO Aabpara while submitting surety bonds worth of Rs100,000 that he would appear before the court on Thursday.

The counsel Tariq Asad argued that in spite of repeated orders of the court and opportunities provided to him for his personal appearance, he ignored the court’s orders. Therefore, he requested the court to issue his non-bailable arrest warrants.

After hearing the arguments of both the sides, the court rejected Musharraf’s application seeking exemption and issued his non-bailable arrest warrants. Later, the court adjourned the hearing in this matter till April 27 for further proceedings.