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— File photo
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QUETTA: During Monday’s hearing of the Akbar Bugti murder case, an anti-terrorism court in Quetta ordered the authorities to produce before it former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, the main accused in the case, on September 10 as it adjourned the matter to the said date, DawnNews reported.

ATC judge Ismail Baloch was hearing the case relating to the murder of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Bugti.

During the hearing, the judge expressed displeasure at the team investigating Bugti's murder over their failure to produce Musharraf for the hearing.

Moreover, the ATC once again issued arrest warrants for former prime minister Shaukat Aziz, former Balochistan governor Owais Ahmed Ghani, former deputy commissioner of Dera Bugti Abdul Samad Lasi, who are also nominated in the murder of the Baloch leader.

The court also directed the authorities to produce the accused men at the hearing fixed for September 10 and subsequently adjourned the matter to the said date.

Akbar Khan 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 Baloch chieftain sparked angry protests in the country.