Musharraf’s exemption plea rejected in Ghazi case

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The sessions’ court in Islamabad on Thursday rejected the exemption plea filed by former president Pervez Musharraf in hardliner Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Rasheed Ghazi murder case.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Wajid Ali resumed the proceedings of the case, dismissed the exemption plea and summoned the two guarantors of Musharraf on June 12.

Judge Wajid Ali had already rejected Musharraf’s petition seeking permanent exemption in the Ghazi murder case during the last hearing and had summoned him, however, he did not appear in Thursday’s proceedings as well.

During May 3 proceedings, Musharraf’s lawyer Major (r) Akhtar Shah appeared in the court and submitted three applications on behalf of his client that included seeking acquittal in the case, exemption from May 3 hearing and permanent exemption from appearing in the court.

The applicant’s lawyer Abdul Haq Malik argued that every time the counsel states the same reason for Musharraf’s absence that his client has security threats and he is unwell. He requested the court to summon Musharraf or his guarantors in case of non-compliance.