Islamabad - A local court yesterday deferred the hearing of Ghazi murder case against former President Pervez Musharraf till October 17.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Pervez-ul-Qadir conducted the hearing of this double murder case of Ghazi Abdul Rashid and his mother Sahiba Khatoon on the complaint of Ghazi’s son Haroon Rashid. During the hearing, the judge said that he received the file of this case in the morning and he needs some time for the perusal of the case. Therefore, he adjourned the case without further proceedings till October 17.

Earlier on September 18, District and Sessions Judge Kamran Basharat Mufti conducted the hearing of the case after Additional District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Ata Rabbani recused himself from the hearing of this high-profile murder case. Later Mufti sent the matter to Additional District and Sessions Judge Pervez-ul-Qadir for hearing.

In this matter, so far two judges of the federal capital’s district judiciary have recused themselves from the hearing. They include District and Sessions Judge Kamran Basharat Mufti and Additional District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Ata Rabbani. Muhammad Ata Rabbani excused himself from the hearing of this murder case citing his personal reasons.

On the other hand, Mufti recused himself from the hearing by observing: “According to the decision of IHC, 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.” The judge added that now he had concluded not to continue the hearing of this case and forward this matter to any other judge.

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.