QUETTA – The Balochistan High Court (BHC) on Monday issued bailable arrest warrants for former president General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf in the case pf alleged murder of former Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti.

Earlier, an Anti-terrorism court had acquitted the former dictator in the Nawab Akbar Bugti murder case But an appeal had been filed against the judgement in the High Court.

The order was passed by a divisional bench of BHC  during hearing of review petition challenging acquittal of the former president by an Anti-Terrorism Court in the case.

Justice Jamal Mandokhail and Justice Zaheeruddin Kakar heard a review petition filed by Nawabzada Jamil Bugti, the son of Akbar Bugti.

Bugti had led an armed campaign to press for provincial autonomy and a greater share of profits from Balochistan’s natural resources.

The death of the Baloch chieftain had sparked angry protests in parts of the country.

Bugti, former governor of Balochistan and Baloch leader, was killed in 2006 in an explosion at his hide-out cave. In 2012, Musharraf along with other high-ranking officials were issued arrest warrants in the murder case by an Anti-Terrorism court. However, Musharraf was granted bail due to lack of evidence and his ill-health.