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Wed, 08/20/2008 - 00:32
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Baloch leader's son seeks registration of FIR against Mush

Islamabad, Aug 19 (PTI) The son of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti, who was killed in a military operation authorised by former President Pervez Musharraf, has submitted an application to the police to register a caseagainst the ex-military ruler.

Nawabzada Talal Akbar Bugti, who heads a faction of the Jamhoori Watan Party, submitted an application to Quetta city police station for lodging an FIR against Musharraf in connection with the murder of his father and 66 other peopleof his tribe.

However, police officer Z S Kazmi told him that under the law, the case could be filed only in the police station of thearea where the Akbar Bugti was killed.

"The case cannot be registered in the city police station because the incident did not take place in itsjurisdiction," he said.

Bugti, on the other hand, claimed nobody knew where hisfather and his supporters were murdered.

He sent in the application soon after Musharraf announced his resignation Monday, naming in it besides Musharraf, former premier Shaukat Aziz, former governor Owais Ahmed Ghani, chief minister Jam Mir Mohammad Yousuf, home minister Shoaib Nausherwani, former interior minister AftabAhmed Sherpao and defence minister Rao Sikandar Iqbal.

He said all these former government functionaries wereinvolved in the murder of his father and his 66 supporters.

"The former President should be arrested, remanded in police custody for interrogation regarding the murder andtried under the law," he said.

Speaking out strongly against giving "safe passage" to Musharraf, he said, "We will also consider as accused allthose who allow him safe passage".

Akbar Bugti, 79, was killed in an operation carried out by the Pakistani armed forces in August 2006. At that time, Musharraf had described his death as a victory for Pakistanis and congratulated the officials who had carried out theoperation against the Baloch rebel leader.

Akbar Bugti, who had earlier served as a federal minister and governor of the southwestern Balochistan, was for long linked to the struggle by Baloch nationalists for a greater say in the exploitation of their province's abundant natural resources. PTI RHL