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General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. — File photo
General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was formally arrested by a police team from Balochistan in the Akbar Bugti murder case.

Subsequently, an anti-terrorist court ordered a two-week-long judicial remand of the former army strongman.

Musharraf is to remain at his farmhouse for the duration of the remand. The farmhouse at Chak Shahzad had earlier been declared a sub-jail.

Bugti was killed in a cave on August 26, 2006 during a military crackdown ordered by Musharraf who was president and army chief at the time.

Bugti had led an armed campaign to press for provincial autonomy and a greater share of profits from Balochistan’s natural resources. The death of the colourful, British-educated chieftain sparked angry protests in the country.

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Jude Allen Jun 13, 2013 12:24pm

So let me get this right........ We have arrested a man for chasing down a self proclaimed freedom fighter / terrorist in an ATC court? But we can't do 'SQUAT' about arresting gang rapists because of technicalities in DNA (according to the mullahs - the other breed of terrorists) Right............... !!!!!!

Dr Qureshi Jun 13, 2013 12:25pm

Bugti was a traitor, who had admitted killing several army personnel and died whilst in active combat against the army. He was a terrorist.

Yasir Jun 13, 2013 12:35pm

Please share with us the history or profile or Mr. Bugti also. Please let us know how cool person he was in his whole life. How much share he was getting from Government of Pakistan per month ? what good he has done for his tribe/province instead of making militia ? and finally please confirm who has done the investigation of his death/killing/suicide ?

adeel Jun 13, 2013 12:50pm

Late Bughti declared state with in a state and he not allowed anyone in this territory. no foriegn investment no trade even no connection with rest of the country. Therefore after some many dialogue by the army chief and president Musharaf. bughti was unmoved.

I believe that the operation was launched in the interest of the nation and the progress of the country. Arresting Mr. Musharaf led us to the unfair decision. Because we all know the era of Mr. Mushraf. The era of progress and boom in the economy.

I wish he will be released soon with all respect and honor.

desert Jun 13, 2013 12:50pm

Media bias!

How the last paragraph glorifies a militant leader who waged war against the country.

Jamshed Khan Jun 13, 2013 12:53pm

Getting rid of the criminal Bugti who suppressed his people and kept them backward for decades was one of the few good deeds done by Musharraf.

Adam Smith Jun 13, 2013 01:11pm

Bugti had led an armed campaign. The army, in the interest of national security, cracks down hard. In the bargain Bugti gets killed. This is one of the risks of such a campaign.

I fail to understand how Musharraf is responsible for his 'murder'? He was just doing his duty to safe guard his country.

mms Jun 13, 2013 02:14pm

Regardless of the personality of Bughti or, where he was educated, Bughti was a traitor to the country. Any individual who takes up arms against a sovereign state is a traitor. If he had any grievances against the government he should have approached it in a proper legal manor.

Partner Jun 13, 2013 02:18pm

Bugti was murderer of his own people. Why do people forget that. His Kith and Kin are still busy pillaging and denying their own tribe any sort of freedom. Bugti tribe people cannot move from one village to another without the permission of the tribe elder. But the Tribe elders and their families themselves enjoy, education, freedom to move in Pakistan and overseas, alcohol, women and gambling. Musharaf did a favour to Bugti people and Pakistan. Judge should get some senses.

Naeem Syed Jun 13, 2013 02:29pm

Hats off to the man for have the courage to face these so called charges and still fight on. He has survived countless plots to have him killed and I think he will survive this witch hunt as well. Pakistan has flourished more during his rule than at any time in its history. It is as if all the politicians are deathly afraid of having him free and in the Public limelight. Why? Actually he may have got himself elected on just his achievements. Let's be political rather than vindictive, and that advice goes to the courts as well.

Partner Jun 13, 2013 03:29pm

Bugti was murderer of his own people. Why do people forget that. His Kith and Kin are still busy pillaging and denying their own tribe any sort of freedom. Bugti tribe people cannot move from one village to another without the permission of the tribe elder. But the Tribe elders and their families themselves enjoy, education, freedom to move in Pakistan and overseas, alcohol, women and gambling. Musharaf did a favour to Bugti people and Pakistan. Judge should get some senses

Moeen H Jun 13, 2013 03:54pm

Akbar Bugti (marhoom-o-maghfoor) was a trouble maker.

Faisal S Jun 13, 2013 03:55pm

Bugti was a know terrorist and a strong man treating his own province people as slaves. This reality is known not for 1 or 3 years, i believe was known for atleast 30 years or more i wonder why the writer of this article showing bugti a nice innocent man ? is his knowledge less or he's acting biased against Musharaf

Riaz Jun 13, 2013 04:40pm

If ordering to kill a terrorist by armed forces is a crime, then all the presidents in the world are criminal ... everyone should be tried ... why just Gen. Musharraf? Try Bush, try Clinton, try Obama, etc.

Long live Gen. Musharraf!

Propervez Jun 13, 2013 04:57pm

The one man that had the guts to stand up to terrorism and mullahs running amock is being treated so badly. Pathetic.

Asim Jun 13, 2013 05:29pm

Justice in Pakistan is a big fat joke. President Musharraf is in Jail and all the corrupt people enjoying freedom in Pakistan. Just remember folks, President Musharraf is the one who put his life on the line for more than 40 years to protect Pakistan from internal and external threats and this is how you treat him, shame on you.

Ebrhm shakir Jun 13, 2013 05:49pm

It is a big Question mark that the former president and chief of Army staff trailing and rigging him in the case of Akbar Bughti death, because Akbar Bughti was himself an terrorist and He have had killed many Pakistani Army. and he was a state within a state. but our judiciary is neglecting its all. i want to ask to the chief justice, did that Musharraf toke all this steps for to prevent Akbar Bughti from Terrorist action for his personal benefits or for Pakistan ? what is the prof that mushraf killed Akbar Bught ? would mushraf killed Bughti after sending the army in the cave to arrest or to talk with him.? if he wanted to killed him he could do it without sending the trope in Bughti cave? do you have any answer of these questions? No off cours no..!!But the Trail of Mushraf arise many Question about judiciary...

Ayaz Jun 13, 2013 06:32pm

It is all pointless if he continues to live in house..... It is just a drama as usual.

Syed Ahmed Jun 13, 2013 06:40pm

Was an armed scuffle with the states security forces the only recourse available to the British-educated chieftain for fulfillments of his demands for provincial autonomy and a greater share of profits from Balochistan

Abdullah Jun 13, 2013 07:45pm

As to how this case even came to court is beyond me, are the judges dumb? Are the intelligence set-ups(all) sleeping? Has the country gone to the ?????

Son of Army officer Jun 13, 2013 07:47pm

My head is hung in shame. A former army chief arrested for carrying a military operation against a known, self-professed murderer, and militant carrying armed insurrection against the state of Pakistan. Well done Pakistani judiciary, police, and the current army leadership for sitting by the side and watching. In any other country with any sense of self respect the courts would not have even taken this case up - but this is Pakistan where terrorists are encouraged and those protecting it are thrown in jail. The floodgates are now open for taliban to sue all retired generals, and for the courts to order their arrests.

Agha Asad Raza Jun 13, 2013 07:47pm

Bugti committed suicide! Why are people after Musharraf? That fellow was a cheat and a bandit.

Ayesha Khan Jun 13, 2013 07:58pm

Please we would like to hear about the private jails of Akbar Bughti also, where children were born and they lived there till death claimed them . Parvez Musharaff got up for the tyrant and the oppressor, and today the nation dishonors him in front of the world. We still hold a lot of regards for the ex chief of the army and we can clearly see that nobody wants to see this nation to prosper.

zack khan Jun 13, 2013 08:05pm

@Yasir: Very well said, I agree with you.

Al Jun 13, 2013 08:13pm

Great news. About time a former dictator from the Pakistan Army is punished. Unbelievable that the commentators here are so apathetic towards the non-Baloch occupation of Balochistan and its resources and unbelievable that there is not a single thumbs-down to their comments from readers.

Rahmat Jun 13, 2013 08:50pm

Could someone highlight Musharaff's achievements starting with serving as Brigadier in army during East Pakistan eruption leading to creation of Bangladesh. Blaming India will not cut it. Explain how he got Pakistan mired in Kargil. Explain how he brought Drones into Pakistan. A megalomaniac who amassed wealth at the expense of reputation of Pakistan.

Majal Jun 13, 2013 08:54pm

@Ebrhm shakir: let us call a spade a spade, Musharraf was an usurper, he was neither armychief nor president by any standard of legitimacy. he was however able to get his legitimacy from America Bahadur after he immediately conceded to Collin Powel much more than even what US officialdom was expecting.

Freeman Jun 13, 2013 08:59pm

Army and ISI guys will now jump on this story to create a propaganda by fake names and IDs, giving an impression that Bugti was a terrorist and Musharaff is an innocent. Fact is that the Baloch people have been exploited and abused by Punjabis and the army for past 40 years. Their resources have been exploited and they were given nothing in return. It still continues and the agents of all foreign mining companies, including gold mines are all Punjabis or Army/ex-army guys. So anyone who will stand up against those will be eliminated, covertly or overtly and they will slap all sort of allegations/stories against such people - to continue doing what they think is their birth right.

auashraf Jun 13, 2013 09:47pm

Even if Bugti was a criminal, though no charges were proved against him in any court of law, it did not warrant his killing. Two wrongs do not make aright. We have been facing trouble in Balochistan ever since... Musharaf should be given a fair trial and let the courts decide if he is guilty. No one should be exempted from law. So, this is a step in right direction and commando should defend his cases in courts.

Riz Jun 13, 2013 10:19pm

@Asim: Well we are a country of illiterates within the literates, what do you expect?
A country where ethnicity is superior then national interest, it is bound to get destroyed. A leader who actually raised Pakistan status in international level, under him GDP, foreign reserves and foreign investment increased drastically; a growth which was never witnessed in Pakistan before but no one is to look at these facts merely because ethnicity rules over national interest. Sometimes I wonder why my elders left India.

goodDeedsLeadTo Jun 13, 2013 10:53pm

Musharraf is prepared for all trials, he anticipated all of them. He interviewed several times from Dubai, and was aware of the potential cases. Let us see, what the court decides.

ayesha Jun 13, 2013 11:23pm

One is at a loss to understand all of this. At the time of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto much worse operation was undertaken with Pakistan Airforce bombing in support of Army operations which according to Baluch leaders cost thousand of lives. Any army operation is normally taken by the field commanders of course the leadership is always there of Army Chief. So tomorrow should we expect the similar judicial approach against General Kayani for Swat and Waziristan operations and his arrest. Based on evidence Mr Bugti's death was accidental duet triggering of tunnel blocking explosives most probably by his security guards who did not anticipate such a disaster. The media should also not be blind with hatred for General Musharraf that Mr Bugti had declared war against Pakistan and was in hide out for this purpose with attacks on Pakistan army and Government installattions a daily features of this campaign. With his death all this stopped. Let the media and us also remember those of our Armed forces and other security personnel who died in this cave along with Mr Bugti. They do need to be called Shaheeds and they too have families who should approach the court to hold Mr. Bugti responsible for this triggered demolition of the cave by his guards.

Son of Army officer Jun 13, 2013 11:48pm

@auashraf: What a joke. Bugti himself proudly claimed to be a murderer. He was not convicted because no one had the guts to bring him to court. Are you so naive? If you are so much in favor of proceeding with the law then this case should never have been accepted by the courts, because under the law millitary actions are not the jurisdiction of civilian courts. If that were the case then all actions against terrorists and taliban would be in the courts and all army officers under arrest. Wake up and understand how the rule of law is applied. Have you heard of any court cases in the US against Colin Powell?

Jamshed Khan Jun 14, 2013 12:04am

@Dr Qureshi: Exactly! And Musharraf should be released just for doing this one good deed. I am sure it was a relief for the people of bugti dera when he was killed. No schools, no roads, no doctors, no law and order - this is what he gave his people. Poor worker women were picked up never to be seen again. Have the law enforcement agencies forgotten that? Is it okay to kill a poor person but not a terrorist like Bugti. Give us a break.

I. Malik Jun 14, 2013 12:16am

@Son of Army officer: This is so simple and so many people do not understand. Especially the CROWS want their revenge against Musharraf no matter what the cost may be. Pakitan has much bigger problems.

I. Malik Jun 14, 2013 12:30am

@Asim: Mr. Asim I commend you for raising good points. Why is judiciary spending Pakistans's time & resources to punish a patriotic where so many corrupts are roaming free?

Khalid Jun 14, 2013 01:43am

I fully support Musharraf's action against Akbar Bugti. AB was doing all efforts to halt the plan for building the Gawadar port. He has pushes his own people out of the area, and Musharraf brought them back. AB and other Sardars like him are/were arrogant and want every PM/President to come to their 'hazoor' and kiss their feets. He was against building roads, schools in his area. He was challenging the writ of the government. What Musharraf did, should have been done much earlier. The nation must realize the true nature of what challenges he was posing to the state of Pakistan. Musharraf did what a true strong person at the helm of the State affair would do. How AB died, should be investigated. However, whether he died because of his own actions firing a rocket from inside the cave or from the outside fire by the military, his end is justified because of his actions, playing in the hands of enemies against the State of Pakistan. Musharraf should be praised instead of punished for what he did for Pakistan.

Mustafa Jun 14, 2013 01:57am

Can a Kangaroo nation with corrupt practices survive in today's world. Yes it can. There are worst nations in North Africa that are killing grounds of innocent human beings. Pakistan has not reached that state yet although the lawless have upper hand in this nation.

jhaman Jun 14, 2013 02:10am

at least law is taking place in pakistan what a change in islamic jhaboria

irfan baloch Jun 14, 2013 02:45am

when you think that the courts can beat their last stunt they come with a new shocker. this whole judicial farce by the politically motivated & vindictive judges is a disgrace. the mass murdering terrorists are praised & released & called shaheed & those who fight them find themselves getting arrested,. what is next? COAS Kyani should face trial & arrest for the death of TTP leaders?

irfan baloch Jun 14, 2013 02:48am

@auashraf: my dear, are you for real? the guy openly headed the terrorists who were blowing up our infrastructure & getting people abducted & killed the guy who openly boasted about having his rivals killed and their corpses dragged by his jeeps & he declared there was nothing more enjoyable than seeing his rivals killed & then bedding the women of his rivals. you are one shocking person whoever you are & whatever country you are from doesnt matter because your post is full of ignorance

jhaman Jun 14, 2013 02:59am

he was paid as other servents of pakistan ,every body does his job so what of army who done four war without provokation as najam sethi says and we the public has to suffer the bill to the imperial punjabi army in which there no proper representation of othr provences

Salman Khan Jun 14, 2013 03:22am

@Riz: Whatever economic growth we saw in Musharraf's time was due to massive amount of US aid that poured in because of war on terror.

Monim Jun 14, 2013 03:39am

@Freeman: I think you should revisit the actions or inactions of Mr. Raisani what he did for his people in 5 years, he was not a Punjabi! The sardars of Baluchistan has exploited the people more or less the same way as other waderas and maliks and zamindars of other provinces did to the poor people. Its the sardars of Baluchistan who are more resistant to uncover the natural resources of the province which could help the people there and around the country. There has been mistakes from the army and politicians but two mistakes don't make one right!

Rahmat Jun 14, 2013 04:46am

@ayesha: Defending army despite excesses committed by it in the name of security while openly pursuing its own agenda is nothing short of being oblivious to truth. Patriotism does not mean blindly praising army that has been least successful and yet most influential in determining who rules the country.

Irfan Jun 14, 2013 05:16am

Bugti himself was a criminal who never let Balochistan prosper. He was working against the state of Pakistan and Musharraf did Pakistan a favor to get rid of him. Besides emergency law to detain judges, all other cases against Musharraf are baseless and he should get credit to what bold steps he took for Pakistan.

Tojo Jun 14, 2013 05:49am

The problem in Pakistan that each region thinks it was exploited at the expense of other region. This reflects on the character of the people and shows that most who use the word 'exploitation' have actually no sense of what is it that seems exploited. The local chieftains in each region of Pakistan are primarily responsible for the sad state of affairs in their respective region. Each filled their own pocket and did nothing significant for their subjects, and on the contrary played one region against other. Very sorry state of thinking indeed. Blame game is their favorite pastime.

Av Jun 14, 2013 07:26am

@Freeman: I agree to all you say except Bugti was not an angel. He never ever served his people

Asim Jun 14, 2013 07:48am

@ Riz, I agree...I remember few years ago when President Musharraf was still serving Pakistan as President there was an article published in Urdu Times - Chicago, in which some Pakistani Red-Neck writer wrote that President Musharraf should be deported back to Delhi. May Allah protect President Musharraf from corrupt and hate monger Pakistanis..