QUETTA/ISLAMABAD: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Quetta on Monday ordered the authorities to produce former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf before it in a case pertaining to the murder of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akber Khan Bugti.

During the hearing of the Bugti murder case, Balochistan’s former interior minister Aftab Khan Sherpao appeared before the ATC.

ATC Judge Mohammad Ismail ordered the arrest of Musharraf, former prime minister Shaukat Aziz, former Balochistan governor Owais Ahmed Ghani and others nominated in Bugti’s murder. Moreover, it ordered the police to present the accused persons before the court after their arrest.

While expressing displeasure at the police’s Crime Branch, the court questioned why Musharraf had not yet been arrested despite the issuance of non-bailable arrest warrants against him.

The case was subsequently adjourned to July 30.

Bugti was killed in a military operation in the Kohlu area of Balochistan on August 26, 2006. Incidents of targeted killings, rocket attacks and bomb explosions increased in the province since Bugti’s murder.

In related news, Supreme Court’s Justice Nasirul Mulk refused to preside over the hearing of the judges’ detention case against Musharraf which he subsequently adjourned.