Islamabad - A local trial court Thursday summoned copy of Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) order that nullified former president Pervez Musharraf’s arrest warrant in Ghazi Abdul Rasheed murder case.

District and sessions judge Kamran Basharat Mufti conducted the hearing of the case while Malik Tahir Mehmood represented former president Musharraf and Tariq Asad Advocate appeared before the court on behalf of plaintiff Haroon Rashid son of Ghazi Abdul Rashid.

During the hearing, Musharraf’s counsel Malik Tahir informed the court that the IHC has accepted criminal surveillance plea of his client and they are waiting for written order from the court.

However, the petitioner’s counsel Tariq Asad told that the IHC has directed the trial court to pass verdict in light of Musharraf’s medical report.

After hearing the arguments of both the sides, the court summoned copy of IHC’s order and deferred the hearing till September 7 for further proceedings.

Previously, the trial court had issued non-bailable arrest warrants of former president General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf in a double murder case of former Lal Masjid cleric Ghazi Abdul Rashid and his mother Sahiba Khatoon.

District and Sessions Judge Kamran Basharat Mufti had issued these arrest warrants after turning down Musharraf’s plea seeking permanent exemption from appearing before the court in this matter.

In his short judgment, the district and sessions judge had also directed the police to arrest him and produce him before the court on July 24 if the former president failed to appear before the court in this murder case.

It had also directed the guarantors of Musharraf to ensure his presence on the next hearing and their guarantees would be confiscated if they failed to produce the former president before the court.

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.