Supreme Court sets aside Shahzain Bugti's bail grant

Published: April 3, 2012
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Balochistan High Court had earlier granted bail to Bugti and his accomplices for carrying weapons in large quantity.  PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

Balochistan High Court had earlier granted bail to Bugti and his accomplices for carrying weapons in large quantity. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

QUETTA: The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry has set aside the Balochistan High Court orders under which a bail was granted to Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) leader Shahzain Bugti and his 27 accomplices.

Shahzain Bugti, the grandson of Nawab Akbar Bugti, was arrested along with his 27 guards on December 22, 2010, when Frontier Corps (FC) intercepted his convoy near Buleli check in Quetta and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition. The security forces also recovered 50 Kalashnikovs, 46,000 rounds and anti-aircraft guns, said sources.

However, Shahzain Bugti and his accomplices were released after their bail pleas were accepted by the Balochistan High Court (BHC) hearing into the case.

The Supreme Court bench on Tuesday, after hearing the arguments presented by the prosecutor general and counsel of Shahzain Bugti, set aside the bails orders of the high court. This order makes the arrest of Shahzain Bugti and his accomplices possible, however no direct instructions were issued by the bench.

The lawyer of Shahzain Bugti, WN Kohli, said that his client was implicated in fake charges in order to bar him from launching a long march from Quetta to Dera Bugti for the rehabilitation of Bugti Internally Displaced People (IDPs).

However, Prosecutor General Mohammad Wasey Tareen said that the security forces intercepted the convoy of Shahzain Bugti on a tip-off about the smuggling of arms and ammunitions in a large quantity from Afghanistan to Quetta.

Earlier, the bail pleas were granted on the ground that the case came in the jurisdiction of Anti-Terrorism Court and not the high court. The case was with the Additional Session Judge V, while the plea for the cancellation of granting bail was filed by the government.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Naveed Alam Khattak
    Apr 3, 2012 - 6:26PM

    The day we get rid of these traditional politicians (Waderas, Jagerdars, Chaudries etc) will be the independence day for Pakistan.

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  • Adnan Aamir
    Apr 3, 2012 - 7:21PM

    Its a step backwards towards solving Balochistan Issue… Everyone knows that Arm’s recovery was a staged drama by the powerful forces in the country…

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  • Ahmee
    Apr 3, 2012 - 7:56PM

    Prosecute him and serve justice…

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  • A Sherzai
    Apr 3, 2012 - 7:58PM

    It would be very daring of the “free judiciary” to curb vagabond groups roaming around the country as militia.

    Nabbing political and religious parties that conspicuously resort to terror and violence, would be the ultimate proof of the supreme court’s supremacy and its resolve to uphold law.

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  • Apr 3, 2012 - 11:25PM

    He should be given justice, I mean, JUSTICE!, if he is a betrayer, he should be treated the same way as per law

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  • Apr 4, 2012 - 3:21AM

    He is a victim!

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  • zavia
    Apr 4, 2012 - 3:55AM

    @ adnan amir. Recovery of anti aircraft weapons was not a drama.

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  • Zarar
    Apr 4, 2012 - 4:23AM

    Hair-cut needed!!

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  • Hasan Ansari
    Apr 4, 2012 - 4:30AM

    Another Mujib ur Rehman. He shouldnt have been released in the first place.

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