ISLAMABAD - A local court Saturday conducted the hearing of bail plea of former military ruler General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf in the murder case of former Lal Masjid cleric Ghazi Abdul Rashid and his mother Sahiba Khatoon.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Wajid Ali heard the bail plea of Musharraf and Ilyas Siddiqui advocate represented him in the court while Tariq Asad advocate appeared on the behalf of Haroon Rashid who is complainant in this case.

During hearing of the case, the judge directed police to present case record before the court on the next date of hearing.

Arguing before the court, Tariq Asad advocate said that during the investigations of the case, police remained blatantly biased and it had not recorded the statement of Haroon Rashid under section 161 yet.

He further said that police are trying to present one-sided report before the court to deceive it and save the skin of former president.

Therefore, he requested the court to grant some time before the arguments on the bail application of Musharraf.

Later, the court again issued notices to all the relevant parties of the case and fixed the date October 23 for the further proceedings in the case.

It is pertinent to mention here that federal capital police arrested former president on Oct 10 one the charges of alleged murder of Ghazi Abdul Rasheed and his mother during the Lal Masjid operation.

The Lal Masjid operation was a 2007 government crackdown on the controversial pro-Taliban mosque in Islamabad, which ended in a bloody eight-day siege killing many Pakistani troops and seminary students.

The operation, ordered by Musharraf, followed a weeklong standoff between the mosque’s supporters and security forces.

After arresting him in the case, the police also sought his five days physical remand from the court of judicial magistrate but the magistrate refused to grant his physical custody to the police in absence of his personal appearance before the court and sent him to jail on 14 days judicial remand.

Earlier, the Aabpara Police had registered a First Information Report (FIR) under the sections of 302/109 on September 2 on the direction of Islamabad High Court (IHC) in response to a complaint filed by Haroon Rasheed, son of Ghazi Abdul Rasheed who was killed in the 2007 operation at the mosque along with his mother.