Baloch court issues arrest warrant against Pervez Musharraf

Islamabad/Quetta: The Balochistan High Court yesterday issued a bailable arrest warrant against former Pakistani dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf in connection with the murder of former Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti in a military operation in 2006.

A divisional bench of the Balochistan HC in Quetta passed the order during hearing of review petition challenging acquittal of the 73-year-old ex-president by an Anti-Terrorism Court in the case. Justice Jamal Mandokhail and Justice Zaheeruddin Kakar heard a review petition filed by Nawabzada Jamil Bugti, son of Akbar Bugti.

Musharraf’s counsel Akhtar Shah pleaded to the court that although his client respects the court, he can’t appear before it due to “security reasons”. Bugti’s lawyer complained that despite repeated orders, Musharraf has failed to appear before the court. The court ordered that the administration should ensure security to Musharraf while he appears in court.

Pakistan government had allowed Musharraf to go abroad in March for medical treatment.

Akbar Bugti was killed in an operation in the mountains of Taratani in Kohlu district on August 26, 2006.

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