Akbar Bugti case: Govt seeks documents for Musharraf’s extradition

BHC criticises govt for not taking interest in Bugti murder case.

Shezad Baloch August 18, 2011


Delaying tactics continued unabated in the Nawab Akbar Bugti murder case as the federal government on Wednesday came up with another demand seeking five documents for the extradition of the nominated accused, particularly principal accused former president Pervez Musharraf.

“The federal government has sought five documents, including copies of the FIR and arrest warrants of the accused, from the provincial government for the extradition of nominated accused in the Bugti murder case,” Deputy Attorney General Pakistan Malik Sikandar Khan Advocate informed the Balochistan High Court.

The bench, comprising Chief Justice Qazi Faez Essa and Justice Muhammad Hashim Kakar, on Wednesday criticised the federal as well as the provincial government for not taking any interest in the case or the investigation.

The attorney general said that the interior ministry has written a letter to the provincial government seeking copies of the documents, adding that without those papers progress could not be made regarding the extradition of the accused now living abroad.

However, the chief justice said that no such condition was mentioned in the affidavit which was earlier submitted by the interior secretary. “The new letter by the interior secretary is totally against the affidavit [that he submitted to the court] and is tantamount to contempt of court,” the bench observed.

It also expressed complete dissatisfaction over the performance of the Investigation Officer of the case. “If the government is not serious, it must inform the court,” the bench said.

The court adjourned the hearing of the petition till September 7 at the request of the deputy attorney general in order to figure out whether the interior secretary relied on his letter to the provincial government for the provision of documents or his affidavit which was submitted to the court.

Talking to the media, lawyer Hadi Shakil said that imposing a condition for extradition shows the government’s intention. “We will soon file separate petitions in the high court regarding the raids at the residences of Nawabzada Jamil Bugti and Mir Humayun Marri, the former caretaker chief minister,” he added.

Jamil Bugti told the media that the government had come into power through a deal, thus, they are reluctant to take action against those who brought them into power.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 18th, 2011.