Islamabad: A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Wednesday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for several persons, including former President Pervez Musharraf, who have been accused of involvement in the 2006 killing of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Bugti.

Judge Nawaz Khan Barakzai of the anti-terrorism court in Sibi city of Balochistan province expressed anger at the police's failure to produce the accused.

He directed police to arrest and present the accused in his court during the next hearing on September 5. Besides Musharraf, the other accused in the case include former premier Shaukat Aziz, former federal Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, former Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Muhammad Yousuf, former Governor Awais Ahmed Ghani and former provincial Home Minister Shoaib Nosherwani.

Former Chief Minister Yousuf has been granted bail by the Balochistan High Court up to September 3 while former Interior Minister Sherpao has been granted transit bail by the Peshawar High Court.

Bugti was killed during a military operation that was ordered by Musharraf in 2006. During the hearing, the investigation officer informed the court that he is in contact with Interpol regarding the issuance of red warrants against Musharraf and Aziz.

He added that Yousuf and former interior minister Sherpao were on bail while others were in hiding. The court ordered the investigation officer to arrest all the nominated accused and produce them before the court during the next hearing.

The bench maintained that it was the last chance for all respondents including former Balochistan home minister Shoaib Nausherwani and former DCO Dera Bugti Abdul Samad Lasi to appear before the court.

The hearing was adjourned till September 5. The former President is presently residing in London after he left Pakistan in 2008 soon after the general elections in which the Pakistan Peoples Party came into power.


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