Talal seeks red warrants for Musharraf, Aziz

Qaiser Zulfiqar June 21, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) president Talal Akbar Bugti has asked for the Supreme Court’s help in the issuance of red warrants against former president Pervez Musharraf and ex-prime minister Shaukat Aziz for having allegedly murdered his father, Nawab Akbar Bugti.

The application urging the SC to take suo moto notice was submitted by Bugti’s lawyer Rafique Sanjrani, who argued that those nominated in the FIR filed in the murder case should be proceeded against. Significantly, those nominated in the FIR include former president Pervez Musharraf, former prime minister Shaukat Aziz,  former interior minister Aftab Sherpao, then governor Balochistan Owais Ghani, then chief minister Jam Yusuf and then home minister Shoaib Nausherwani.

Equally significant is the fact that the FIR itself was registered only after a legal battle. Bugti applied to the Balochistan High Court to issue orders for the filing of the FIR. However, soon after the BHC directive to the City police, former chief minister Balochistan Jam Muhammad Yousuf and former home minister Shoaib Nausherwani filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the verdict. But this appeal was shot down by a three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk on January 8, 2010. In the current petition before the Supreme Court, Bugti said the former interior minister, governor, chief minister and others available in the country should be prosecuted for the murder of Nawab Bugti. However, since Musharraf and Aziz are abroad, Bugti wants the court to help get red warrants issued for their arrest. He has also asked the court to get the Interpol to bring back Musharraf so that he can be tried in court.

Nawab Akbar Bugti was killed during a military operation in Dera Bugti on August 26, 2006.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 22nd, 2010.


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