A three-judge bench of the Apex Court headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk heard the request filed by the former President. The request for moving the case to Islamabad was filed on the ground that there are security threats against the former army chief.

Musharraf, 70, is currently under house arrest in Islamabad, guarded by an army of nearly 300 policemen, paramilitary personnel, soldiers, snipers and anti-terrorist officers.

Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Bugti was killed in a cave on August 26, 2006 during a military crackdown ordered by Musharraf.

Bugti had led an armed campaign to press for provincial autonomy and a greater share of profits from Balochistan's natural resources.

His death had sparked angry protests in the country.

The Anti Terrorism Court in Quetta has already rejected Musharraf's petition seeking exemption from personal appearance in connection with the case.

(Agencies)

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