Islamabad, Oct 25 : A group of politicians and religious scholars in Balochistan have issued a fatwa (edict) over the assassination of two Baloch nationalist leaders and the 2007 military operation against a seminary.
Adding to the woes of Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf, a group of religious scholars have issued a ‘fatwa' declaring him “fit to be murdered” while a petition filed in the Supreme Court has sought registration of a high treason case against him.
The fatwa or edict was issued by a group of politicians and religious scholars at a meeting in Quetta on Saturday, declaring Musharraf, who is preparing to return to Pakistani political arena, ‘wajibul qatal' (fit to be murdered).
It was issued over the assassination of Baloch nationalist leaders Nawab Akbar Bugti and Nawabzada Balach Marri and the 2007 military operation against a seminary linked to Islamabad's Lal Masjid. The meeting was organised by the Jamhoori Watan Party and presided over by its chief Nawabzada Talal Akbar Bugti, the son of Nawab Akbar Bugti.
Talal Bugti recently caused a sensation by announcing a bounty of Rs 1 billion and 1,000 acres of land for anyone who beheads Musharraf.
Among those who addressed the meeting were former Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam parliamentarian Maulana Noor Muhammad, Ata-ur-Rehman and Maulana Abdul Qadir Looni. They called on Supreme Court to issue a directive to bring Musharraf to Pakistan through Interpol and try him for the murder of Akbar Bugti and the killing of students of Jamia Hafsa, a women seminary. They also demanded action against Musharraf for detaining nuclear scientist A Q Khan, who was held for heading a secret nuclear proliferation ring.
Meanwhile, a man named Maulvi Iqbal Haider has filed a petition in the apex court, asking it to do away with technicalities and order the registration of a case of high treason against Musharraf for proclaiming a state of emergency in November 2007.
The petition said “any inaction” on the court's part may encourage others to do the same.