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Quetta: Arrest warrant issued against Musharraf

By: Mir Behram Baloch 

Quetta: The Balochistan High Court on Monday issued a bailable arrest warrant against former Pakistan President Gen Pervez Musharraf regarding the murder of former Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti in a military operation in 2006.

A divisional bench of the Balochistan High Court in Quetta passed the order during hearing of review petition challenging acquittal of the 73-year-old former President by an Anti-Terroris m Court in the case.

Justice Jamal Mandokhail and Justice Zaheeruddin Kakar heard a review petition filed by Nawabzada Jamil Bugti, the son of Akbar Bugti.

Bugti’s lawyer complained that despite repeated orders, the former President Pervez Musharraf has failed to appear before the court. However, the counsel of Mr. Musharraf, Akhtar Shah pleaded to the court that although his client respected the court, he could not appear before the court due to “security reasons.”

The court ordered that the administration should ensure adequate security to Mr. Musharraf while he appears in court.

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

Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti was killed in an operation in Balochistan’s rugged mountains of Taratani in Kohlu district on August 26, 2006.The former President was not allowed to leave the country until government allowed him in March 2016 to go abroad for treatment following orders by the Supreme Court.

Mr. Musharraf seized power in a bloodless coup in 1999, deposing the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Published in The Balochistan Point on November 29, 2016

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