ISLAMABAD - A local court Thursday turned down an application of former president general (Retd) Pervez Musharraf seeking exemption from his appearance before the court in the murder case of former prayer leader of Lal Masjid Abdul Rasheed Ghazi.

After rejecting his plea, additional district and sessions judge Wajid Ali Khan summoned Musharraf to appear before the court on July 1.

Malik Abdul Haq Advocate appeared before the court on the behalf of plaintiff Haroon Rashid Ghazi and Major (Retd) Akhtar Shah represented the former president in this case.

Despite court’s earlier orders, Musharraf did not appear before the court. However, his two guarantors were present in the court.

During the hearing, the Musharraf’s counsel submitted an application seeking exemption for his client and contended that former president could not appear before the court due to two reasons.

Narrating the reasons, he stated that first reason is that doctors had not allowed Musharraf to travel and second reason is severe security threats to his life. He also submitted a medical report of Musharraf to the court.

The counsel for plaintiff Abdul Haq strongly opposed the accused application seeking exemption and raised objections over his medial report.

He objected that a certified copy of Musharraf’s medical report was not submitted before the court rather photo copy of a medical report was submitted which did not even show that in which hospital Musharraf was admitted.

While raising objections, the applicant’s lawyer Abdul Haq termed the report as mere a piece of paper and said that the report did not include the details of Musharraf’s hospital and the medicines he was using.

After hearing arguments of both the sides, the court rejected Musharraf’s medical report as well as his application seeking exemption from appearance before the court for one day.

The court also directed Musharraf along with his guarantors to appear before the court on July 1 and deferred the hearing.