Islamabad - Lal Mosque counsel yesterday alleged that pressure is being exerted on them and this court for acquittal of General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf from Ghazi Abdul Rasheed murder case.

He asked the additional sessions judge Islamabad, who heard the case of killing of Maulana Abdul Rasheed and others, that the court should pass the verdict on merit rather keeping in mind that former army chief is accused in this case. ASJ Pervez Abdul Qadir Memon remained quiet on his statement.

Musharraf’s counsel Tahir Mehmood concluded arguments to exempt the ex-COAS from appearing before the court. He said instead of previous order of this court the application for Musharraf’s exemption should be accepted in view of the 2nd November 2015 medical certificate.

Tariq Asad, representing Lal Masjid, opposed the application and said the medical certificate, presented before this court, states that treatment of Musharraf’s ailment is not available in Pakistan but has not barred him from travelling.

The lawyer said the doctors had recommended to Musharraf to go abroad for his treatment abroad not on November 2, 2015, adding the medical board on 1st April 2014 had given him same advice. He said if Musharraf is severely ill then why he did not get the treatment in last two years. Tariq Asad said the court time is wasted by presenting such medical certificates. He said on next hearing he would present documentary evidence that Musharraf is completely fit and healthy.

Addressing the judge, Tariq Asad said some forces are exerting pressure on his client and on this court for Musharraf’s acquittal.

He said in order to protect the former army chief they are threatening the Lal Masjid cleric and had picked up Maulana Abdul Aziz’s son-in-law, adding when those forces failed in their designs then they started pressurising the judges.

Lauding ASJ Wajid Ali Khan, who earlier heard the case, Tariq said despite pressure on ASJ Wajid had issued several orders for Musharraf’s appearance and when the former army chief did not comply the court the judge also issued his non-bail arrest warrant therefore he was transferred. After hearing the arguments the ASJ Memon adjourned the hearing till February 6 and said on that date will pass the order.