Jan 18, 2014, 4:32 PM
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Musharraf granted exemption in from appearance 
Cleric murder case

Islamabad, Jan 18, IRNA – A Pakistani court has granted former President Pervez Musharraf exemption from appearing before bench in Ghazi Abdur Rasheed murder case while ordered his counsel to submit medical report during next hearing.

Additional session judge heard the case pertaining to the murder of Lal Masjid cleric Ghazi Abdur Rasheed on Saturday.



During the course of proceedings, counsel for retired general told that Musharraf could not appear before the court since he was undergoing treatment at AFIC hospital.



After hearing the arguments, the court ordered to present the medical certificate during next proceeding and adjourned the hearing till February 01.



Musharraf is right now also facing high treason charges in special court. The former military ruler was taken to a military hospital in the garrison city of Rawalpindi on January 2nd when he was on his way to the court, according to his defense lawyers. They say doctors have not yet discharged Musharraf from the hospital and that is why he could not appear in the court.



The Special Court ordered formation of medical board consisting of senior doctors of the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) where Musharraf is presently being treated.



The court ordered the board to submit its report about the health of Musharraf by January 24.



Meanwhile the accountability court has granted Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman and former President Asif Ali Zardari permanent exemption from appearing before court.



The counsel for Zardari, Farooq H Naek said that his client was facing security threats and he should be granted exemption from court appearance.



Earlier, the accountability court had reserved its decision over former president Asif Ali Zardari’s plea seeking exemption from appearing before the court.



During the last hearing, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari appeared before accountability court amid tight security.



Asif Ali Zardari was summoned in court on at least five corruption references filed by NAB. The references against Zardari include polo ground, SGS, Cotecna, ARY and Ursus tractors. The court had already acquitted other accused in these references.



The accountability court took a suo motu action and reopened five references against Zardari in October, 2013. Earlier, the references were deferred because he enjoyed constitutional immunity during his tenure as President of Pakistan.

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