ATC issues fresh order to produce Musharraf

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QUETTA: The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) here on Tuesday once again ordered production of former military ruler retired Gen Pervez Musharraf before the court in the Nawab Akbar Bugti murder case. The ATC Judge, Tariq Anwar Kasi, rejected an application submitted by the counsel for the retired general to exempt him from appearing in the court and instead ordered his presence during the next hearing on Sept 30. During the hearing on Tuesday, the court again issued arrest warrants for the then prime minister Shaukat Aziz, former Balochistan governor Owais Ahmed Ghani and former district coordination officer for Dera Bugti Abdul Samad Lasi.

The court asked the prosecution about the progress made in the investigations. The investigating officer submitted that Shaukat Aziz, Owais Ahmed Ghani and Samad Lasi were not in the country.

The court directed the prosecution to produce all the three accused before the court after completion of legal formalities.

Retired Gen Pervez Musharraf, Shaukat Aziz, Owais Ghani, late Jam Muhammad Yousuf, the then federal interior minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, ex-home minister Mir Shoaib Nausherwani and Abdul Samad Lasi have been nominated in an FIR lodged in the Dera Bugti police station by Nawabzada Jamil Akbar Bugti.

Nawab Akbar Bugti was killed in an operation by security forces in the mountains of Dera Bugti on August 26, 2006.