Court issues Musharraf’s arrest warrants in Bugti murder case
QUETTA: Judicial magistrate Faisal Hameed on Friday issued arrest warrants for former president Pervez Musharraf and former prime minister Shaukat Aziz in Nawab Akbar Bugti murder case. Nawab Akbar Bugti was killed in a military operation on August, 26, 2006 in Kohlu district. Earlier, the Balochistan High Court (BHC) had directed the police to register an FIR against the nominated persons. A case was registered in Dera Bugti in October, 2009 on the application of his son Jameel Akbar Bugti against Musharraf, Shaukat Aziz, former Balochistan governor Owais Ghani, former chief minister Jam Muhammad Yousaf, the then interior minister Aftab Ahmad Sherpao and home minister Mir Shoaib Nosherwani. The court had already issued the arrest warrants for Nosherwani. However, written statements by three accused Sherpao, Jam and Owais Ghani, were submitted before the BHC, stating that they were part of a civilian setup and the operation was launched by army, as such they had nothing to do with the killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti. The court issued the arrest warrants for Musharraf and Aziz on the request of Crime and Investigative Department (CID), which is investigating the case on the directives of the BHC. The BHC has expressed its displeasure over the slow pace of progress in the murder case of the Baloch leader. The next hearing is fixed at November 1 and the investigating agency will show the pace of progress in the case. mohammad zafar
Agencies add: Adnan Kasi, a lawyer representing Bugti's elder son Jamil, told AFP, "Today the judicial magistrate in Quetta has issued an arrest warrant for both Musharraf and Shaukat Aziz".