Former president General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf was formally arrested on Thursday by Balochistan Police in the Nawab Akbar Bugti murder case and was later sent on a two-week judicial remand by Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) in Islamabad.
On June 12, a special team of Balochistan Crime Branch arrived in Islamabad to arrest the former military ruler in connection with the 2006 killing of the Baloch leader.
Police officials from Balochistan headed by Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Police Investigation Rehmatullah Niazi formally arrested Musharraf on Thursday morning at his farmhouse, already declared a sub-jail, after Balochistan Anti Terrorism Court issued his arrest warrants in the case.
Later the ATC Judge Syed Kausar Abbas Zaidi sent him on judicial remand for two weeks. After his arrest, this case would be heard in Islamabad as Balochistan government has filed a petition in the Balochistan High Court (BHC) requesting that the case be shifted to Islamabad as it does not have the resources to provide security to the former president.
On October 7, 2009 the BHC ordered Dera Bugti Police Station House Officer (SHO) to register a First Information Report (FIR) against Musharraf in the murder case of Bugti in response to a petition filed by the tribal chief’s son, Nawabzada Jamil Akbar Bugti.
Talking to The Express Tribune, Rehmatullah Niazi confirmed that the ATC Islamabad had sent Musharraf on judicial remand of two weeks and now the trial against him would start in the sub-jail.
It may be noted that the judges’ detention case against Musharraf is already pending in the ATC Islamabad and the police has yet to submit a complete challan. Earlier a division bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), comprising Justice Noorul Haq N. Qureshi and Justice Riaz Ahmad Khan had accepted his post-arrest bail plea against surety bond of Rs500,000 in the judges’ detention case.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 14th, 2013.