BHC directs FIR against Musharraf in Bugti killing

BHC directs FIR against Musharraf in Bugti killing

QUETTA: The Balochistan High Court has directed Station House Officer (SHO) Dera Bugti to register an FIR against former president Pervez Musharraf, former premier Shaukat Aziz, former interior minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao and others regarding the killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti.

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The court issued the directives on the petition filed by Jamil Bugti, the son of Nawab Akbar Bugti. In his petition, Jamil Bugti said that former president Musharraf and other high ups had played a role in the killing of his father.

The court however observed that currently no FIR can be registered against Governor NWFP Owais Ahmed Ghani under article 248 as long as he enjoys a constitutional post.

Akbar Bugti was killed in a military operation in the Taratani cave of Kohlu district in August 2006. The counsel for the petitioner Hadi Shakeel Advocate said the three year delay in approaching the court was caused by the immunity Musharraf enjoyed being head of state.

‘I hope that investigation should be conducted in an impartial way,’ Hadi Shakeel Advocate said.

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He said the differences between Akbar Bugti and Pervez Musharraf developed after the Dr Shazia rape incident in 2005.

He said Akbar Bugti had left Dera Bugti and went into the mountains where he was eventually killed during a military operation.

Nationalist leaders say this for the first time that the court has directed the police to register an FIR against the accused.

Jamil Bugti told DawnNews he has no faith in the government’s laboratories and doctors and called for an international forensic team to conduct the DNA test of his father.

The court has asked Jamil Bugti to file another application for medical examination to ascertain the cause of death.

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