ISLAMABAD  - Former military ruler general (R) Pervez Musharraf Saturday filed his bail plea in a case related to the murder of former Lal Masjid cleric Ghazi Abdul Rashid and his mother Sahiba Khatoon.

Advocate Ilyas Siddiqi, the counsel for Musharraf, submitted the application in district and sessions court on the behalf of former president to get bail for him in the murder case.

In this connection, the court issued notices to the state and fixed October 18 as the next date of hearing for further proceedings in the case.

Siddiqui stated in the bail plea that Aabpara police had registered an FIR against Musharraf for ordering the Lal Masjid operation, despite the fact that he was not directly involved in the operation.

He added that the court had already sent the former dictator on two weeks judicial remand.

Later, the court deferred the hearing after issuing notice to state.

It is pertinent to mention here that the federal capital police arrested former president on October 10 over the alleged murder of Ghazi Abdul Rasheed and his mother during the Lal Masjid operation.

The Lal Masjid operation was a 2007 government crackdown on the controversial pro-Taliban mosque in Islamabad, which ended in a bloody eight-day siege killing many Pakistani troops and seminary students.

The operation, ordered by Musharraf, followed a week-long standoff between the mosque’s supporters and security forces.

After arresting him in the case, the police sought his five days physical remand from the court of judicial magistrate but the magistrate refused to grant his physical custody to the police in absence of his personal appearance before the court and sent him to jail on 14-day judicial remand.

Earlier, the Aabpara police had registered a First Information Report (FIR) in September this year on the direction of Islamabad High Court (IHC) in response to a complaint filed by Haroon Rasheed, the son of Ghazi Abdul Rasheed who was killed in the 2007 operation at the mosque along with his mother.