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Police declare Musharraf innocent in Ghazi murder case

31 October, 2013

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ISLAMABAD: The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) of Islamabad Police, in its incomplete investigation report, has declared former President Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf innocent in the murder case of Abdul Rashid Ghazi and his mother during the Lal Masjid operation.

"Gen (retd) Musharraf was neither present on the scene during the Lal Masjid operation nor any evidence could be produced to prove that the accused ordered the operation, and, finally, the army is always called on with complete protection and Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf enjoyed protection as the army chief," the JIT indicated in the investigation report.

The JIT, headed by DIG (Headquarters) Khalid Mehmood Khattak, comprised SSP (Headquarters) Sajid Kayani and SP (Sadr Zone) Jamil Hashmi.The sources said that Gen Musharraf was the co-accused and the main suspects were not nominated, or they were unidentified.

The JIT, in its report, said that no witness was presented before the investigation team who directly witnessed the incident of killing Ghazi or his mother. "At an early stage, Maulana Abdul Aziz had lodged a complaint with the Aabpara Police that his mother was missing during the Lal Masjid operation, but later, it was claimed that she was killed by the law enforcing agencies," the people engaged in the investigation of the case, mentioning the report, said.

"Nine FIRs were lodged against the people of Lal Masjid on the allegation of killing of law enforcing agencies officials and other innocent people. All the cases against the Lal Masjid activists would become dormant if Musharraf was found guilty," the sources said. "After their investigation, the police declared Musharraf innocent as there was no evidence or eyewitness presented against the former president," the sources said.

The police authorities said that the former President Gen (retd) Musharraf has not been declared innocent; however, the JIT mentioned the points leading to the aspect that the accused was not involved in the murder of Ghazi and his mother. "The challan has been submitted to the court of law and the matter has been left to the court," the sources maintained. "This is the prerogative of the court to declare the accused innocent or guilty," the sources said.

Earlier, the Aabpara Police registered a case against Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf in the murder case of Ghazi Abdur Rashid and his mother on September 2, 2013, under sections 302/109 PPC (FIR No 325/13), on the orders of Islamabad High Court (IHC) judge Nurul Haq Qureshi.

Pervez Musharraf had categorically denied that he ordered 'Operation Silence' or any other military action against Lal Masjid and rejected the allegation of murder of Ghazi Rashid and his mother during questioning by the JIT, the report said.

NNI adds: Meanwhile, the police submitted a challan to a local court related to Abdul Rasheed Ghazi murder case and termed former president Pervez Musharraf as innocent.The challan stated that theevidence or eyewitness to support his allegations.Police, in its challan, has left the decision about the fate of Musharraf on the discretion of the court.

The challan had a copy of FIR against Abdul Rasheed Ghazi registered in 2007, while the challan also had the communication record of police, deputy commissioner, chief commissioner and the Home Ministry in regard with calling Army for Lal Masjid Operation.

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