Islamabad, Sept 2: Pakistan's police on Monday registered a case against former President Pervez Musharraf in connection with the murder of Islamabad's Red Mosque's deputy cleric, Abdul Rashid Ghazi.
The case was registered during proceedings at Islamabad High Court after Judge Noorul Haq ruled that the police officials would not be allowed to leave the courtroom until they write the murder case.
The court had ordered registration of the case a couple of months ago but its orders were not followed.
Tariq Asad, the counsel for the petitioner, had said that they approached the concerned police station after the court’s decision but senior officials refused to register the case. Ghazi was one of more than 100 people killed after the army troops stormed the Red Mosque in July 2007. Ghazi's borther Abdul Aziz had tried to escape in a burqa but was captured alive by the security forces during the operation.
Presently detained at his palatial villa in Islamabad's Shehzad town, Musharraf has been facing a very tough time after returning home in March this year after a four-year self imposed exile.
An anti-terrorism court indicted Musharraf last month over murder of former opposition leader, Benazir Bhutto. He was charged for murder, conspiracy to commit murder and facilitation of murder. Bhutto was killed in a gun and suicide attack in the garrison town of Rawalpindi in December 2007.
A 2010 UN inquiry report into Bhutto's assassination had also blamed Musharraf for his failure to provide adequate security to the Oxford-educated former premier, who had survived a similar bomb attack in October 2007 on his home coming carvan in Karachi.
Musharraf has already got bail in judges detention case but is still sought after in another case involving assassination of Baluch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti in August 2006 during a military operation in Dera Bugti town of Baluchistan. An anti-terrorism court in Quetta had recently ordered him to appear in person.
Musharraf, who returned home from a self-imposed exile in March this year, was also barred from contersting May 11 parliamentary election from Islamabad, northern Chitral town and Kasur, a small town in central Punjab province because of his involvement in criminal cases.