Musharraf's legal woes were compounded on Monday as Pakistani police registered
a murder case against the former military ruler for the death of radical cleric
Abdul Rasheed Ghazi and his mother during the 2007 military siege of the Lal
he case was filed on the
directions of Justice Noorul Huque Qureshi of Islamabad High Court, who was
annoyed at police's failure to comply with his earlier order in this regard.
During the hearing of a
petition filed against 70-year-old Musharraf by Haroon Rasheed, the son of the
cleric, Qureshi said non-registration of the case despite his order amounted to
contempt of court.
The head of Aabpara
police station, Qasim Niazi, was made to sit in the courtroom till the FIR was
Haroon Rasheed had asked
the court to direct police to file a case against Musharraf for alleged
involvement in the killing of his father and grandmother.
Reacting to the verdict,
Aasia Ishaque, the spokesperson of Musharraf's All Pakistan Muslim League
party, said the former President will fight to prove his innocence.
"Musharraf is not going to go away. We were expecting such a case. He will
continue to fight the politically motivated case and prove his innocence,"
she told a news agency.
The military operation against extremists holed up in the radical Lal Masjid,
ordered by Musharraf's regime in July 2007, resulted in a bloody eight-day
siege that killed nearly 100 people, including Pakistani troops and extremists.
On Friday, the High Court summoned Niazi over his failure to comply with an
court to look into whether a case could be registered against Musharraf.
On July 12, the same court had ordered police to book Musharraf and said that
if the Lal Masjid operation was a cognisable offence, a case should be
registered against him for the death of the cleric and others.
Police refused to register an FIR, saying they needed to consult their legal
Musharraf, who returned to Pakistan from self-exile in March, is facing serious
charges in several cases, including the assassination of former premier Benazir
bhutto, the 2006 killing of Baloch leader Akbar Bugti and the imposition of
emergency in 2007.
He is currently under arrest and being held at his farmhouse on the outskirts
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