Pervez 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 Masjid.
The 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 registered.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.Spokesperson of Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League party, said the former President will fight to prove his innocence.
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.