Acting on a High Court order, Pakistan police has registered a murder case against former President Pervez Musharraf and several of his key aides in connection with the killing of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti in a military operation in 2006.
The case was registered on Tuesday at Dera Bugti police station in Balochistan on the orders of the provincial High Court, lawyers representing Bugti's kin said.
Others named in the case are former premier Shaukat Aziz, former Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, former Chief Minister Jaam Yousuf and former provincial Home Minister Shoaib Nosherwani.
Former Balochistan Governor Awais Ahmed Ghani, who is now the Governor of the North West Frontier Province, has also been named in the First Information Report. However, police will include him in the investigation only after he completes his term in office.
The Balochistan High Court had directed police to register a case against Musharraf and his aides on October 7 in response to a petition filed by Bugti's son Jamil Akbar Bugti. The court had also summoned Musharraf to appear before it but neither he nor his counsel attended the proceedings.
Musharraf, who resigned as President in August last year, is currently abroad for a lecture tour. He has been living outside Pakistan since mid-April. PTI