Musharraf’s non-bailable arrest warrants ‘could not be executed’

Musharraf’s non-bailable arrest warrants ‘could not be executed’

ISLAMABAD: Aabpara police, on Thursday, submitted a report to an additional district and sessions judge (ADSJ) stating that the non-bailable arrest warrants against former president retired Gen Pervez Musharraf in the Lal Masjid cleric murder case could not be executed.

The submission of the report is part of a process initiated earlier this month by ASDJ Pervaizul Qadir Memon to declare Musharraf a ‘proclaimed offender’.

Under sections 87 or 88 of the CrPC, the court – due to the absence of an accused – can start a process to declare the accused a ‘proclaimed offender’ and then deem him an absconder.

The report was submitted before the court during the proceedings of the Abdul Rashid Ghazi murder case. In the report the Aabpara police said police officials visited Musharraf’s Chak Shahzad residence to execute his non-bailable arrest warrants, but he was not present.

According to the report, security officials deployed at the residence’s main gate informed the police that Musharraf was not residing there, but had been living in Karachi for the last couple of years.

The report also cited the Supreme Court verdict after which the federal government removed Musharraf’s name from the exit control list (ECL).

It said that after the removal of his name from the no-fly list, Mr Musharraf left the country.

After perusing the report, Mr Memon adjourned the proceedings until April 30.

In September 2013, Aabpara police registered an FIR against Musharraf under the direction of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) where Haroon Rashid, the son of the deceased, had filed a petition seeking legal action against the former military dictator for launching a military operation against Lal Masjid in 2007.

The petitioner’s father and grandmother, Sahib Khatoon, were among those killed in the operation.

The operation against the Lal Masjid administration was launched in July 2007, after the civil administration failed to get the children’s library vacated from their possession.


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