QUETTA - Former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf on Monday failed to appear before a Quetta anti-terrorism court in Akbar Bugti murder case.

Strict security measures were adopted by the administration to avert any untoward incident during Monday’s hearing in which the court had ordered Musharraf to appear in person.

Counsel for the ex-president, Nazeer Ahmed Cheema informed the court that his client could not appear due to illness. He also requested the court to hold a separate hearing of the case for the former president.

However, two guarantors of Musharraf - former interior minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao and former Home Minister Balochistan Shoaib Nowsherwani - appeared before the court. Judge Nazeer Ahmed Langove subsequently adjourned the hearing of the case until October 13.

Speaking to reporters after the hearing, Sohail Rajput, lawyer of Nawabzada Jamil Akbar Bugti - who is the son of the late Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti - said that despite repeated orders of the honourable court, the former military dictator had failed to make an appearance.

Akbar Bugti was killed in a military operation in Balochistan’s Kohlu district. His son Jamil Akbar Bugti had nominated Musharraf, former PM Shaukat Aziz and other high-ups in the murder case of his father.