(AA) – A Pakistani court issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday against the country’s former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf.
Musharraf has repeatedly avoided appearing in court in a case for the murder of a senior cleric, Ghazi Abdul Rasheed, of the capital Islamabad’s Red Mosque in 2007.
Musharraf is accused of ordering a military operation against the mosque, which was considered to be a hub for militants, during which more than 100 students were also killed. The raid sparked a series of retaliatory militant attacks across the country.
Musharraf, who ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008, is also facing charges for the alleged murder of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and provincial governor Nawab Akbar Bugti, as well as a high treason case for imposing a state of emergency in the country in November 2007.
He has avoided several court hearings claiming that he has heart problems.