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BHC disallows transfer of Bugti case to Rawalpindi

Updated August 25, 2013

QUETTA, Aug 24: The Balochistan High Court dismissed on Saturday a petition filed by former president Pervez Musharraf for shifting his trial in the Akbar Bugti murder case from Quetta to Rawalpindi.

A single bench, comprising BHC Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa, directed the provincial authorities to provide full security to retired General Musharraf during his appearance before the court in Quetta.

Akbar Bugti was killed during an army operation in 2006.

Earlier, the assistant advocate general of Balochistan requested the court to allow the provincial government to withdraw an application filed by the caretaker provincial set-up for the transfer of the Bugti murder case to Rawalpindi for security reasons.

He told the court that the provincial government had the capability to provide security to Gen Musharraf

The court allowed the provincial government to withdraw the application.

Ilyas Siddiqui, Pervez Musharraf’s lawyer, submitted before the court that his client’s petition for transfer of the case should be accepted because he had received threats to his life.

Sohail Rajput, a counsel for Jamil Bugti, son of Akbar Bugti, opposed the petition.

AFP adds: “The court has dismissed our petition saying it is not maintainable,” Mr Siddiqui said. “We had requested that Musharraf has serious security threats in Balochistan so his case should be shifted from the province, but the judge did not agree,” he said.