Pakistan: Anti-Terrorism Court Indicts Musharraf in Boloch Murder Case

Pakistan: Anti-Terrorism Court Indicts Musharraf in Boloch Murder Case
Nawaz Akbar Khan Bugti and Pervez Musharraf

Aug 26, 2006: "Veteran Baloch nationalist leader and former Chief Minister of Balochistan, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti was killed, along with 37 armed tribals, in a military operation in Chalgri area of Bhamboor hills of Dera Bugti district on Saturday. ...  According to the sources, security forces started the operation in Bhambhoor area three days ago using heavy weapons and helicopter gunships. On Saturday, the sources said, more troops were inducted into the operation and helicopter gunships shelled the area throughout the day. The sources said that helicopter gunships targeted the Chalgri area of Bhambhoor mountains and dropped troops who took action in the area. Armed militants of Marri and Bugti tribes resisted the troops and heavy fighting was reported for several hours. 'Nawab Bugti and many others were killed when helicopter gunships dropped bombs at their hideout.' the sources said, adding that troops had arrested over two dozen injured militants."

Dawn.com report, Aug 25, 2014: Tribal leader "Nawab Bugti was killed in security forces' operation in Balochistan's mountainous Kohlu district on August 26th, 2006. His killing sparked violent protests in Quetta and other parts of the province and life remained paralysed for almost a week. ... 'Five years passed, hitherto no accused has been arrested in my father's murder case,' Jamil Bugti said. He said few days ago, a police team from Quetta had approached him with regards to investigation into the murder of Nawab Bugti. 'It is beyond comprehension that instead of arresting the accused, police are questioning me,' Jamil Bugti lamented. ..."

Anti-terrorism court indicts Musharraf in Bugti murder case

Jan 14, 2015

Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was today indicted by an anti-terrorism court in the murder case of Baloch nationalist leader, who was killed in a military operation.

The court in provincial capital Quetta charge-sheeted the 71-year-old leader and adjourned the hearing till February 4.

The judge said that the case would be heard on a daily basis from February 4 onward.

Bugti, former chief minister of Balochistan and head of his tribe, was killed in 2006 in a military operation ordered by Musharraf who was president and army chief at the time.

His killing sparked nationwide protests and further fuelled an armed insurgency that began in 2004 in Balochistan.

akbar-bugtiTwo co-accused - Musharraf's interior minister Aftab Khan Sherpao and ex-provincial home minister Shoaib Nusherwan - were also indicted for their alleged role in murder of the Baloch tribal leader.

Musharraf never appeared in the court during the entire legal process which has been in progress since 2009. This led to his indictment.

He was absent when the charge-sheet was read out in the court.

Earlier, Musharraf's counsel submitted a medical report in the court, requesting court to allow the former president exemption from appearance.

He said Musharraf was suffering back pain. The court said the exemption would be granted only after a medical board examine Musharraf and make independent judgment about his health.

Musharraf is already facing murder charges in the case of former premier Benazir Bhutto who was assassinated in 2007.

He is on bail in the case. Musharraf is facing a slew of court cases including one for high treason after returning in 2013 from five years of self-exile.