Musharraf exempted from appearing in Bugti case

QUETTA: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) exempted former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf from appearing in court on Monday to stand trial in the Akbar Bugti murder case. Summoning General Musharraf on June 16, ATC Judge Tariq Anwar Kasi ordered his guarantors to ensure former president’s presence during future hearings. Musharraf’s counsel petitioned that his client be exempted from appearing in person on Monday on medical grounds, which the court did. Musharraf, who has been indicted by a special court on treason charges, has been on bail in three other major cases, including one relating to the 2006 assassination of Bugti during a military operation. This is the sixth time that the court has ordered for his appearance but to no avail. Two of the co-accused, former federal interior minister Aftab Sherpao and former provincial interior minister Shoaib Nausherwani, on Monday submitted applications for their acquittal on which the judge issued notices to respondents. 

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