QUETTA – The Balochistan High Court (BHC) on Thursday adjourned the hearing of bail plea filed by former chief minister Balochistan and sitting Federal Minister Jam Muhammad Yousuf in Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti murder case till September 3.

The two-member bench - comprising Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel and Justice Ghulam Mustafa Mengal- heard arguments of both the parties in the case. Jam Yousuf personally appeared before the bench. Hadi Shakil Ahmed and Sohail Ahmed Rajput represented Nawabzada Jamil Akbar Bugti, the son of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti. During the hearing, the lawyer of Jam Muhammad Yousuf said they had not been contacted for investigation.

At this, Hadi Shakeel and Sohail Rajput informed the court that the accused had taken protective bail from the Sindh High Court and he should had gone to the Sibi court, because his arrest warrants were issued from there, but instead, he approached the BHC. They said since 2009, Jam Yousuf did not cooperate with the investigating team.

They said the federal minister approached the Supreme Court against the BHC decision regarding registration of case but his plea was rejected.

Replying to a query, Jam Yousuf replied that he had nothing do with murder of Nawab Akbar Bugti as the operation, resulting in his death, was not carried out by the provincial government. But the court said he was the chief minister of Balochistan at that time and the position he enjoyed meant he knew everything and no action could have been taken without his consent. It further directed investigating team for recording the statement of Jam Yousuf.

On the request of the defence counsel, the court adjourned the hearing of bail plea till September 3.