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General (retd) Pervez Musharraf’s bail accepted

Police declare General (retd) Pervez Musharraf innocent in Abdul Rashid Ghazi murder case today

General (retd)Pervez Musharraf’s bail accepted in Rasheed Ghazi murder case

ISLAMABAD: Additional Session Judge, Wajid Ali approved the bail petition of former president General (retd)Pervez Musharraf’s in the Abdul Rasheed Ghazi murder case today.

Speaking to the media, Pervez Musharraf’s counsel said the former president would stay in the country. According to the counsel, bail had been granted against two surety bonds of RS 100,000.

Earlier on Friday, the court had reserved its decision in the case following arguments presented by both sides.

The former president’s name will remain on the Exit Control List (ECL) and he will need the government’s approval prior to leaving the country.

Earlier former president Pervez Musharraf’s counsel made the plea that it was mandatory under the national judicial policy to announce the decision on bail petition within five days, while the hearing of the petition has already been adjourned seven times and prayed that the matter should no more be kept in abeyance instead let the decision be announced and added whatever be the decision it would be accepted.

The plaintiff’s lawyer, Asad advocate said that the matter should be deferred until the decision announced.

Earlier on Friday, the court had reserved its decision in the case following arguments presented by both sides.

The ruling by the Islamabad district court means Musharraf is on bail in all the cases brought against him since his return to Pakistan from self-imposed exile, including one relating to the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Musharraf was arrested on Oct 10, five weeks after Ghazi’s son Haroon Rasheed registered the murder charge against him with Aabpara police. His arrest had come just a day after he was given bail in the last of three major cases against him dating back to his 1999-2008 rules.

The former president returned to Pakistan in March to run in the May general election, vowing to “save” the country from economic collapse and militancy.

But he was barred from contesting the election, won convincingly by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif the man he ousted from power in 1999 and was hit with a series of criminal cases dating back to his rule.

It is pertinent to mention here that the police has already declared him innocent in the murder of Lal Masjid cleric Ghazi Abdul Rasheed.