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Pervez Musharraf interrogated in Akbar Bugti murder case

Islamabad, May 3 (): Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf was on Thursday formally arrested and interrogated over the murder case of Baloch leader Akbar Bugti in the military operation of 2006.

The murder case of Baloch leader Akbar Bugti is one of three high-profile cases that have dogged him since he returned to the country from self-exile. Gen. Musharraf, 69, was the Army Chief when the operation against Bugti was ordered.

The request of the Balochistan Police for the inclusion of the leader in the investigation of the Akbar Bugti case was accepted by the anti-terrorist court (ATC) Rawalpindi. Shortly after the judge issued the order, the police team went to Gen. Musharraf’s farmhouse in Chak Shahzad to question him.

Balochistan Police team interrogated the former military ruler Musharraf at his farmhouse which has been declared a sub-jail. They interrogated the leader for four hours after which the five member team left the sub jail.

Pervez Musharraf has also been arrested in the judges’ confinement case and the Benazir Bhutto murder case.

Musharraf held power in a bloodless take-over as army chief in 1999 and left the country after stepping down in August 2008, when Asif Ali Zardari was elected president after the murder of his wife, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Musharraf returned to Pakistan in March from self-imposed exile after nearly four years. He came out to contest the May 11 general election, but he was disqualified by the election officers as court cases are pending against him.

On Tuesday, a Pakistani court enacted a lifetime ban on Musharraf from contesting elections, declining his efforts to regain power by winning a seat in parliament.

In a related development, the Interior Minister during the regime of Musharraf, Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, appeared in an anti-terrorism court in Quetta for the hearing of a case over Bugti’s killing. Sherpao has asked the court to excuse him from personal appearances in future hearings for security reasons. The court has adjourned the matter till May 16.