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Pak court asks Mush to appear before it

A Pakistani court asked former President Pervez Musharraf and two of his close aides to appear before it on October 7 in connection with a case related to the killing of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti in a military operation three years ago.

world Updated: Sep 11, 2009 17:01 IST

A Pakistani court on Friday asked former President Pervez Musharraf and two of his close aides to appear before it on October 7 in connection with a case related to the killing of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti in a military operation three years ago.

Acting on a petition filed by Bugti's son Nawabzada Jamil Akbar Bugti, the Balochistan High Court issued notices to Musharraf, former Premier Shaukat Aziz and former Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao.

In his petition, Jamil Bugti asked the court to direct police to register a case against the Musharraf and his aides for their role in the "assassination" of his father.

The court scheduled the next hearing for October 7 and directed Musharraf and his aides to appear before it to explain their position. Since Musharraf and Aziz are currently living in Britain, the court ordered that the notices should be served on them by the Pakistani mission in London.

Jamil Bugti's petition also named former Balochistan Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani and the High Court sought guidance from authorities on whether it could act against Ghani as he is currently Governor of the North West Frontier Province.

The petition was filed in the Balochistan High Court earlier this week after a similar plea was dismissed by a sessions court.