QUETTA: Jamhoori Watan Party’s provincial chief Nawabzada Shahzain Bugti appeared before the Sessions Court on Tuesday for an illegal arms recovery case. The hearing was adjourned till May 14th. Shahzain Bugti said that he would not appeal against the cases in which he and his tribesmen were implicated. “It was a concocted case and I am being politically victimised. They want to prevent me from organising a long march towards Dera Bugti for the rehabilitation of the displaced people of the area,” he claimed. He added that law enforcement agencies should produce the weapons they recovered from his vehicles to prove him guilty. He also added that “there is no one to hold the government accountable for their actions, thus our people are being kidnapped and dubbed terrorists and criminals. Shahzain and 26 of his security guards were arrested at the Buleli check post in Quetta for allegedly smuggling weapons.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 9th, 2012.