ISLAMABAD - District and Sessions Judge (West), Kamran Basharat Mufti Monday recused himself from hearing a murder case against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.

After recusing himself from the hearing, the learned judge sent the case to Additional District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Ata Rabbani who would conduct the hearing of the case on September 15 for further proceedings in this matter.

The court is conducting the hearing of double murder case of Ghazi Abdul Rashid and his mother Sahiba Khatoon on the complaint of Ghazi’s son Haroon Rashid.

On Monday, Kamran Basharat Mufti conducted the hearing and Tariq Asad Advocate and Malik Abdul Haq represented the plaintiff while no lawyer on behalf of former President Musharraf appeared before the court.

During the hearing, Mufti remarked that he had read the judgement of Islamabad High Court on the petition of Musharraf who had challenged his arrest warrants issued by this court.

“According to the decision, Musharraf’s counsel had raised objection before the IHC that I had served as the secretary of Judicial Commission constituted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan to probe Lal Masjid operation in 2012. Therefore, the counsel maintained that I should not conduct the hearing of this case,” observed Basharat Mufti. The judge added that he had decided not to continue the hearing of the case and would forward the matter to any other judge.

Later, the judge sent the case to Additional District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Ata Rabbani and deferred the proceedings till September 15. Talking to the media persons after the hearing of the case, Tariq Asad Advocate said that he fully expressed his confidence in Judge Ata Rabbani. “We have no doubt over the capability and honesty of Rabbani,” added the counsel. He also expressed his hope that Rabbani would fulfil all the prerequisites of justice without any fear while hearing this sensitive case.

In this particular matter, the Islamabad police had registered a case against Musharraf for his alleged role in the murder of Rashid and his mother during the Lal Masjid military operation.

The federal police filed the case in 2013 after Haroon Rashid, Ghazi’s son, submitted an application with the Aabpara Police Station for registration an FIR against the former president.In the application, Haroon had referred to about 20 pages of the Lal Masjid Commission report, which held the former president responsible for the operation.