QUETTA: a Division Bench of the Balochistan High Court had upheld the verdict of the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) absolving the murder charges against former President Pervez Musharraf, Aftab Sherpao, a former Federal Interior Minister, Mr. Shoaib Nausherwani, a former Provincial Home Minister in Nawab Akbar Bugti Murder case. All the accused persons had been acquitted.
The Division Bench of the Balochistan High Court comprised of Mr. Justice Jamal Mandokhel and Mr. Justice Nazir Ahmed Lango.
Nawab Akbar Bugti, Chief of the powerful Bugti Tribe, was killed in a massive military action on August 26 some seven years ago in the Marri-Bugti hills in Eastern Balochistan.
For months and months, the Government resisted registering a murder case against the accused persons responsible for killing Nawab Bugti in an army action.
His son, Nawabzada Jamil Akbar Bugti filed cases in the courts of law and finally succeeded in registering the murder case against former President of Pakistan, General ® Pervez Musharraf and others. Since it was considered as a novel case, it was tried in ATC and former President and other accused resisted and refused to appeal before the court during the trial.
In absence of credible evidence, the ATC absolved former President General Pervez Musharraf and others from the murder charges.
Nawabzada Jamil Akbar Bugti filed an appeal to the Balochistan High Court against the verdict of the ATC.
On Wednesday, the Division Bench also upheld the verdict of the ATC trial court and dismissed the appeal of Mr. Jamil Akbar Bugti.
It is interesting that former President Pervez Musharraf had shown contempt towards the courts, mainly the trial court, and refused to appear before it. Some other his lesser functionaries also followed him and refused to appear before the court till the court announced its verdict acquitting all the accused persons.
Following the verdict, Mr. Sohail Rajput, counsel of Mr. Jamil Bugti, told waiting newsmen outside the court that Mr. Bugti will file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the verdict of the Balochistan High Court.