Bugti`s case: Court orders Musharraf’s extradition

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 22:25

Islamabad: A Pakistani High Court on Tuesday
ordered the government to extradite former President Pervez
Musharraf, former premier Shaukat Aziz and all others accused
of involvement in the killing of Baloch nationalist Nawab
Akbar Bugti.

A division bench of the Balochistan High Court headed by
Chief Justice Qazi Faiz Essa passed the order and directed the
Balochistan government to ensure that the investigation of
Bugti’s killing is done according to the law.

Former Balochistan Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani and then
Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao have agreed to
cooperate in the investigation.

On October 28, Judicial Magistrate Faisal Hameed of
Quetta had issued arrest warrants for Musharraf and Aziz for
their alleged involvement in the killing of Bugti in 2006.

The Crime Branch of Balochistan had earlier obtained an
arrest warrant for former provincial home minister Shoaib
Ahmed Nosherwani in the same case.

The Balochistan government had earlier this year
requested federal authorities to extradite Musharraf, who is
currently living in self-exile outside Pakistan.

The federal government had asked for an arrest warrant,
saying it was required by Interpol to issue a Red Corner
notice.

Bugti was killed with over 30 supporters in a military
operation in the mountainous Bhamboor Range on August 26,
2006.

Nawabzada Jamil Bugti, Bugti`s eldest surviving son, had
registered an FIR against Musharraf, Shaukat Aziz, Sherpao,
Ghani, former Chief Minister Jam Muhammad Yousaf and
Nosherwani.

He held them responsible for his father`s murder.

A separate arrest warrant for Musharraf has been issued
by an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi that is conducting
the trial of several suspects accused of involvement in the
assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto in 2007.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 22:25

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