QUETTA - A special anti-terrorism court on Monday rejected a petition filed by the nominated accused, retired General Pervez Musharraf, for exemption from appearing in person in Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti murder case.

Issuing the production order for the accused before court, the court asked authorities concerned to ensure arrest of other accused living abroad and comply with the order of Balochistan High Court in this regard.

The special anti-terrorism court’s judge Justice Tariq Anwar Kasi heard the Nawab Akber Bugti’s murder case here in the provincial capital. The counsel for General (r) Pervez Musharraf Zeshan Cheema and Jamil Akber Bugti’s lawyer Sohail Rajput appeared before the court.

The court inquired about the investigation process. The investigating team informed the court that other accused former prime minister Shaukat Azia, former governor Balochistan Owais Ahmed Ghani and the former DCO Dera Bugti Abdul Samad Lasi were living abroad. The court ordered to complete all the legal requirements for their arrest.

Musharraf’s lawyer Zeshan Cheema, sought exemption for his client from appearing before the court in person, however, the court repeated its earlier order to produce all accused in Bugti’s murder case before court.

The court re-issued the arrest warrant of all accused and directed the concerned department to make sure their arrest. The court later adjourned the hearing till September 30.

“We have informed the court that government isn’t showing seriousness to bring the accused of Bugti’s murderers to justice.” Sohail Rajput told the media after hearing.

He lamented that the Balochistan High Court had ordered the investigation team to complete all legal requirements and make sure the appearance of all accused but the investigation team was not following the BHC order. “New application in every hearing is not understandable to us; we have informed the court about our reservations on absence of Aftab Sherpao due to his activities for all parties’ conference in Islamabad.” Sohail Rajput said. He said it was a very sensitive case but the way the investigation team was taking up the matter was surprising. “We believe that law is equal for all, no one is above the law,” added Rajput. The court, giving a last chance to Sherpoa to appear in court, said no future application for exemption would be entertained.

2 witnesses appear in judges detention case

Staff  Reporter from Islambad adds:Two prosecution witnesses Tuesday recorded their statements in the judges' detention case against former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Islamabad judge Atiq-ur-Rehman conducted the hearing of the case at Pervez Musharraf' Chak Shahzad farmhouse which was already declared as a sub-jail.

During the hearing, two prosecution witnesses including personnel of special branch Mehmood Shah and Mazhar Iqbal recorded their statement whereas no single lawyer appeared before the court to record his statement.

After recording their statement, the court deferred the case hearing till September 20 and directed to issue summons to all the other witnesses. It is worth mentioning here that in the previous hearing the court issued notices to 29 witnesses including 24 lawyers and five government officials to appear before the court.  Out of total 35 witnesses, only 8 witnesses have recorded their statements till now while court has summoned the remaining 27 witnesses in this regard.