Arrest warrant against Musharraf in murder case

Islamabad, Feb 20 (IANS) A Pakistani court has issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against former president Parvez Musharraf in a murder case.

A session judge on Saturday issued the warrant and directed authorities to produce Musharraf before court on March 16 in the murder of fundamentlist Ghazi Abdul Rasheed during the seige of the Lal Masjid here in 2007, The News International reported.

The court also dismissed Musharraf’s plea for permanent exemption from appearing in the case.

The former president has never appeared before the court during 55 hearings of the case.

The three-day standoff in July 2007 at the Lal Masjid claimed scores of lives, including of students and security personnel.

The chief cleric’s brother, Ghazi Abdul Rasheed was among those killed in the operation.

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