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Musharraf booked for Baloch leader Bugti`s murder

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 14:18

Islamabad: A case has been registered against former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf for his alleged role in the 2006 murder of Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, a lawyer said.

Others named in the first information report (FIR) are former prime minister Shaukat Aziz, North West Frontier Province (NWFP) Governor Owais Ahmad Ghani, former interior minister Aftab Ahmad Khan Serpao and former Balochistan chief minister Jam Yousaf, advocate Sohail Raput told Geo TV.

Sohail said police would move against the NWFP governor after he relinquished charge.

However, it was unclear how the police would proceed against Musharraf as he had ignored a Balochistan High Court order to appear before it Oct 7 for a hearing in the case. The court had then ordered that a FIR be registered against the former military dictator.

Musharraf, who is currently on a lecture tour abroad, had in July ignored a notice from the Pakistani Supreme Court to appear for a hearing against the emergency he had declared Nov 3, 2007. The court had July 31 declared the emergency unconstitutional.

A respected politician and former chief minister of Balochistan, Bugti was killed by the Pakistani Army Aug 26, 2006 during a massive military operation in the Bhambore Hills, an area between the cities of Kohlu and Dera Bugti in Balochistan.

He had gone into hiding earlier that year after Pakistani forces launched a crackdown on Baloch rebels after rockets were fired in December 2005 during Musharraf`s visit to Balochistan.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 14:18
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