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Musharraf’s custody extended till Oct 30 in Lal Masjid case

Islamabad, Oct 27 (): A Pakistani court has extended the custody of former president General Pervez Musharraf in the Lal Masjid case till October 30 and has ordered the next hearing to be held at his Chak Shahzad farmhouse, where the former President is being arrested.

His custody was extended on Friday during a hearing at the magistrate’s court. Musharraf did not appear before the court due to security concerns. Musharraf’s party said that their leader would remain in Pakistan and fight all cases against him even if he gets bail.

Two weeks ago, Musharraf was arrested on charges related to a 2007 raid on a radical mosque – just as his lawyer announced the former ruler was free to leave the country after being granted bail in another unrelated case.

Despite his arrest, Musharraf is not being held in a jail with common criminals. For the past six months, Musharraf has been under arrest at his farmhouse, protected by nearly 300 security personnel, including soldiers and gunmen.

He was given bail in three major cases against him, including the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the murder of Nawab Akbar Bugti and the Judges’ detention case. After submission of the surety bonds in the Supreme Court, when he was almost close to possible release from house arrest, where he had been arrested for nearly six months, Islamabad police had arrested him in another case of Abdul Rasheed Ghazi’s murder, commonly known as the Lal Masjid case.

The case was filed after an application was submitted by the cleric’s son submitted to police and referred to the Lal Masjid Commission’s report, which held the former President responsible for the operation.

As per the orders from the Islamabad high court, a case was registered against Musharraf on September 2, charging him with the murder of Abdul Rashid and his mother.