Islamabad - A local court yesterday maintained issuance of non-bailable arrest warrants of former president general (retd) Pervez Musharraf in Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi murder case.

Additional district and sessions judge Pervez-ul-Qadir Memon conducted the hearing of an application filed by Haroon Rashid Ghazi son of deceased cleric of Lal Masjid Abdul Rashid Ghazi through his counsel Tariq Asad Advocate against Musharraf’s departure to abroad.

The court gave last chance to the guarantors of Musharraf to submit their reply in this matter and deferred the proceedings till April 30.

During the hearing, DSP legal on behalf of Inspector General (IG) of police submitted a report about non-implementation of arrest warrant issued against Musharraf.

Previously, the judge had remarked that non-bailable arrest warrants of Musharraf has been sent to police and legal action would be taken against the responsible persons if they failed to implement on the arrest warrants.

In his application, the petitioner stated that the trial of Musharraf was being conducted by learned Additional Session Judge Islamabad, Wajid Ali since 31-10-2013 who passed over 25 orders for his appearance, but the respondent never appeared before the trial court and repeatedly filed applications for his exemption and all such applications were dismissed by the learned Judge and finally, the said learned Judge passed orders of non-bailable warrant on 02-04-2015.

The counsel Tariq Asad added that then, the former president filed Cr. Revision application before the Islamabad High Court.

During the arguments, his counsel undertook on behalf of the respondent that he would appear in person on the next date of hearing before the trial court.

He continued that the IHC bench, on this undertaking, disposed of the revision. But the respondent instead of appearing before the trial court again filed Criminal Revision in the IHC with another medical certificate.

The court passed the order giving another opportunity to file application for exemption before trial court under S. 540-A Cr. P. C.

Advocate Tariq said that the respondent, thus filed another application for exemption under S. 540-A Cr.P.C. The case was transferred to another learned judge, namely Kamran Basharat Mufti, the acting District Session Judge (West), Islamabad who also passed an identical order dismissing the application for exemption of respondent filed under Section 541-A Cr. P.C.

He adopted that Musharraf, again filed Criminal Revision against the order of the session court. The case was fixed before Justice Aamer Farooq. He set aside the order and remanded it to for decision afresh on the application for exemption after providing the petition opportunity to substantiate his present medical condition. During hearing it was pointed out that the learned judge, Kamran Basharat Mufti had been the Secretary in the Lal Masjid Commission appointed by the Supreme Court.

Therefore, the acting Session Judge Kamran Basharat Mufti thus marked the case to Pervez-ul-Qadir Memon to hear the application afresh.

He maintained that this court has finally passed the order dated 20-02-2016 issuing non-bailable warrants of the respondent/accused.

Tariq Asad, counsel of Lal Masjid, argued that this court had issued non-bail warrant of Pervez Musharraf despite that he did not appear and went abroad; therefore, he urged the court to declare him proclaimed offender.