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Rs 10 crore bounty for killing Musharraf

world Updated: Jan 16, 2012 18:19 IST

Days before Pervez Musharraf's planned return to Pakistan from self-exile, a grandson of slain Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Bugti has put a bounty worth Rs 10.1 crore on the former military ruler's head.

"We will give Rs 1 million (10 lakh) in cash and a bungalow worth Rs 100 million (10 crore) to anybody who kills Musharraf. And we'll also provide him full security," Shahzain Bugti said at Pir Jo Goth in Sindh province on Sunday.

Akbar Bugti and several of his companions were killed in a military operation in Kohlu district of Balochistan in 2006. The operation was ordered by Musharraf, who was then both army chief and President.

Speaking to the media after meeting the family of political leader Pir Pagara, who died recently, Shahzain Bugti demanded that Musharraf should be hanged.

"The gallows are ready for Musharraf. There will be serious consequences if the government does not arrest him upon his arrival," said Shahzain, a senior leader of the Jamhoori Watan Party.

Shahzain alleged that Musharraf was responsible for killing hundreds of people.

"He not only killed my grandfather but also hundreds of innocent people during the Lal Masjid operation in Islamabad. Clerics have declared him wajib-ul-qatal (fit to be killed)," he claimed.

Musharraf recently announced that he intends to return to Pakistan between January 27 and 30.

The former dictator, who has been living in Dubai and London since April 2009, said he would fly into the southern port city of Karachi with a group of supporters.

The former President faces the possibility of being arrested in connection with a raft of civil and criminal cases that have been filed against him across Pakistan.

An anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi has declared Musharraf a fugitive and issued a warrant for his arrest for failing to cooperate with investigators probing the 2007 assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto.