QUETTA: In a strange development, chief of the Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) Nawabzada Talal Bugti has announced a bounty of Rs1 billion and 100 acres of farmland for former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for, what he called, “his crimes against humanity.”
He made this announcement on Saturday at a news conference where PML-N leader Saradar Yaqoob Nasir was also present.
Talal Bugti said that there was no truth in the recent statements of Musharraf. “The former president was involved in crimes against the state, including toppling of a democratic government, killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti, commando operation at Lal Masjid. These crimes are unpardonable,” he said.
Talal Bugti said that Musharraf had undermined the country’s sovereignty and if he was really brave, then he must return to Pakistan and face the courts.
The JWP chief demanded the federal government contact Interpol for bringing Musharraf back to the country as he has become a threat to Pakistan. “He is disclosing state secrets to his foreign masters that may undermine national sovereignty,” Bugti added.
“Brigadier (retd) Masood Malik, a former intelligence officer, had reportedly agreed to appear as a witness in Nawab Akbar Bugti’s murder case during the Musharraf regime,” he claimed and demanded the chief justice of Pakistan bring Musharraf to justice.
Sardar Yaqoob Nasir said that the PML-N was not against the democratic government but has some reservations on its policies. “The PML-N does not want unconstitutional change,” he added. “However, if the government keeps on committing blunders, it will suffer,” he added.
Referring to Musharraf’s recent statements, the PML-N leader said that he wanted cheap publicity.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 10th, 2010.