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Musharraf’s bail plea accepted in Ghazi Murder Case

Former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharaf has been granted bail in Abdul Rasheed Ghazi murder case.

Abdul Rahid Ghazi, a cleric of Lal Masjid in Islamabad, was killed in an operation by Pakistan Army on 10th July 2007 during the “Operation Silence”.

In 2006 Maulana Abdul Aziz and Abdul Rashid Ghazi openly announced the overthrow of the President of that time Pervez musharaf and demanded Sharia Islamic religious law in the country. The challenge was made from Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa Madrassah backed by the students of the respective religious institutes.

The issue of Lal Masjid was ongoing for several months in which the students of Lal Masjid under the leadership of Abdul Rashid Ghazi have been pressurizing the government and have been found engaged in many violent activities such as kidnapping of alleged prostitutes and burning films in order to force government for the implication of Sharia law as per their directions.

The issue kept on going until on July 3 2007 when a battle erupted between the students of Lal Masjid with Pakistan rangers at a nearby post. This led to a siege by the government of that area in Islamabad where this mosque was situated.

Tensions were high at that time as the issue was not coming to an end. Despite of several negotiation talks between the two parties the government and Lal Masjid administration no outcome was observed. This ultimately resulted in an operation against the Lal Masjid administration resulting in the death of Abdul Rashid Ghazi and many others.

In October 2013, Musharraf was arrested, days after being bailed on other charges, for being personally responsible for ordering the Lal Masjid siege. Ghazi’s son Haroon Rasheed registered the murder charge against him with Aabpara police.

The court of Additional Session Judge Islamabad on Monday November 4th 2013, granted the bail plea of former president Pervez Musharraf in Abdul Rasheed Ghazi murder case. The court also directed the former military ruler to submit two surety bonds each worth rupees 100,000.

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