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Musharraf granted bail in last legal case

A local court on Monday granted bail to former president general Pervez Musharraf (Retd) in the murder case of Ghazi Abdul Rasheed and his mother against two surety bonds of Rs 100,000 each. Earlier, Additional District and Sessions Judge Wajid Ali while hearing the bail plea reserved the judgement. He later in the evening announced the verdict and directed the former president to deposit two surety bonds.

During the course of proceedings, the petitioner's counsel, Tariq Assad, presented four more witnesses before the court. He prayed in the court not to grant bail to Musharraf, as he had submitted a stay application in Islamabad High Court (IHC) against his bail application and its decision was expected. To this, the court stopped the proceedings of the case for the time being.

The court announced judgement and granted bail to Musahrraf after the petitioner's counsel failed to produce any order of IHC regarding stay application. Ilyas Siddiqui, Musharraf's counsel, told the court that according to national judicial policy it was necessary to announce the decision on bail petition within five days. The hearing of the bail petition had already been adjourned seven times, he said and urged the court to announce its decision without any further loss of time.

He told reporters that now his client could move like a free citizen as he had already got bail in other cases. He also said that Islamabad administration could not declare Musharraf's house as a sub-jail. Later, the petitioner's counsel, Tariq Assad, criticised the court decision. He said he would challenge the local court's decision in IHC. It is pertinent to mention here that the federal capital police arrested former president on October 10 on charges of alleged murder of Ghazi Abdul Rasheed and his mother during the Lal Masjid operation in 2007.

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