Islamabad - A local court Thursday deferred the hearing of former military ruler General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf’s fresh application seeking permanent exemption from appearance in Ghazi Abdul Rasheed’s murder case.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Wajid Ali Khan conducted the hearing but adjourned the hearing without any proceedings due to absence of Musharraf’s counsel who opted to stay away from the courtroom due to ongoing protest and strike of legal fraternity after killing of two lawyers in Daska.

On the last hearing, Musharraf’s counsel had submitted afresh application under Section 40 of CrPC and sought his client’s permanent exemption from appearance before the case in this matter by producing a new medical report of the former military ruler.

He had contended that Musharraf could not appear before the court due to his bad health conditions and security reasons.

The counsel had further argued that an accused could be granted permanent exemption in a case where more than one accused are involved.

On this occasion, plaintiff’s counsel Tariq Asad had opposed the application and maintained that if Musharraf could appear in TV programmes then why he could not come to the court.

Later, the court directed the counsel for Haroon Rasheed to complete his arguments on the next hearing on the application and deferred the hearing for further proceedings in this case. Now, the court will take up the matter again on June 4 next week.