Pervez Musharrafs legal woes were compounded 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.
Qureshi expressed annoyance at the polices failure to comply with his earlier order to file a case. During the hearing of a petition filed against 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 the police to file a case against Musharraf for his alleged involvement in the killing of his father and grandmother.
Reacting to the verdict,Aasia Ishaque,the spokesperson of Musharrafs All Pakistan Muslim League party,said the former President will fight to prove his innocence.
Musharraf is not going to go away. We were expecting such a case. He will continue to fight the politically motivated case and prove his innocence, she told PTI.
The military operation against extremists holed up in the radical Lal Masjid,ordered by Musharrafs regime in July 2007,resulted in a bloody eight-day siege that killed nearly 100 people,including Pakistani troops and extremists.