Pervez Musharraf acquitted in Akbar Bugti murder case

ATC Quetta also acquits former interior minister Aftab Ahmed Sherpao, Shoaib Ahmed Nausherwani

Mohammad Zafar January 18, 2016
A file photo of Parvez Musharraf. PHOTO: FILE

QUETTA: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Quetta acquitted on Monday former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf in the case of the murder of Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) leader Nawab Akbar Bugti who was killed in a military operation in 2006.

The court also acquitted former federal home minister Aftab Khan Sherpao, and former provincial home minister Shoaib Nosherwani.

During the hearing, the court also rejected the request by Nawabzada Jamil Akbar Bugti, son of Akbar Bugti, to order exhumation of his father's body to ensure the body buried in Dera Bugti was that of his late father.

Pervez Musharraf indicted in Akbar Bugti murder case

Akbar Bugti was killed along with his 26 comrades during an operation in the mountains of Dera Bugti in August, 2006. Musharraf, who was president at the time, had directed the military operation.

Musharraf had constituted a federal negotiation team headed by Mushahid Hussain Syed, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and the late Makhdoom Amin Faheem in March 2005 that held numerous meetings with Akbar Bugti.

Murder case: Musharraf is seeking apology, says Bugti’s son

In January 2015, an ATC had indicted Musharraf in the case of the murder of JWP leader. Sherpao and Nausherwani were also indicted.

In December 2015, Jamil Bugti revealed Musharraf had sent an apology through his lawyer, urging to accept the killing of Akbar Bugti as God’s will.

“Our stance is clear – We won’t accept anyone’s apology regarding Nawab Bugti’s murder,” Jamil said talking to the media during Nawab Bugti murder case hearing at Anti-Terrorist Court.

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Cool Henry | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend @Saad: In the US, anytime a white police officer shoots and kills an unarmed black man, he claims self-defense. Only time this self-defense theory is not applicable when there's actual video tape clearly proving otherwise. Seems like Pakistani judiciary has gotten the same disease - the bar for burden of proof is at Himalayan heights. Sad - but, unfortunately true.
Mohammad Faizan Farooq Khan | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend Pervez Musharraf must be congratulated for staying the course and returning to the country to face the charges rather than running away like Asif. Zardari and Nawaz Sharif. Many commenters fail to articulate that PM cannot be directly implicated in the cases because even in the case of Bugti he died on account of an explosion gone awry whilst Bhutto was assassinated due to her negligent aides. For a man who managed to create socio economic growth in the country we are rewarding him by dragging his name through the mud.
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