Former Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf, is again in trouble as a provincial court on Monday issued an arrest warrant against him in alleged murder of former Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti. According to Pakistani daily ‘Dawn’, “A divisional bench of Balochistan High Court passed the order during hearing of a review petition challenging acquittal of the former President by an Anti-Terrorism Court in the case.”
Bugti was the head of the Bugti tribe of Baloch people who served as the Minister of State for Interior and Governor of Balochistan Province in Pakistan. He was killed in August 2006 during a search operation in Balochistan’s Kohlu district, his death sparked angry protests in some parts of the country.
Justice Jamal Mandokhail and Justice Zaheeruddin Kakar heard a review petition filed by Nawabzada Jamil Bugti, son of Akbar Bugti. The counsel of former President Musharraf, Akhtar Shah pleaded in the court that although his client respects the court, he cannot appear before the court due to “security reasons”.
However, Bugti’s lawyer complained that despite repeated orders, the former President has failed to appear before the court. The court ordered that the administration should ensure provision of security to the former President while he appears in court. Bugti had led an armed campaign to press for provincial autonomy and a greater share of profits from Balochistan’s natural resources.
(With inputs from agencies)