Islamabad - A local court Thursday termed Shohada Foundation of Pakistan Trust (SFPT) application, seeking registration of second FIR of Lal Mashid operation, as maintainable for hearing.

After declaring it as maintainable, the district sessions judge Islamabad West, Nazir Ahmed transferred it for hearing before an Additional District and Sessions Judge Sikandar Khan.

The petition was filed by SFPT seeking court’s directions for registration of second FIR of the incident against former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and his cabinet members who had given approval of the operation.

Malik Abdul Haq Advocate, counsel for the petitioner, argued that Additional District and Sessions Judge Wajid Ali Khan had excused himself from hearing the application, saying that he was already hearing an application of similar issue (murder case of Abdul Rashid Ghazi and his mother).

He maintained that the first FIR was registered on the complaint of Haroon Rashid and now the application for second FIR was filed by one of the members of the Trust Jan Muhammad Qureshi, whose son Shahzad Qureshi had also been killed on July 5, 2007.

Station Head Officer (SHO) Aabpara Police Station and advocate Akhtar Shah, counsel for former president Gen. (Retd) Pervez Musharraf were also present in the court.

Musharaf’s counsel advocate Akhtar Shah contended that an FIR had already been registered against his client in Lal Mashid operation case. He added that the SFPT also nominated his client as major accused in second FIR application.

He requested the court to issue direction for the exclusion of Musharraf’s name from the SFPT application, seeking registration of second FIR.

After hearing arguments from both sides, the court declared the petition as maintainable and transferred it for hearing before the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Skindar Khan.