Nationalist’s son offers US$22.5 million bounty for Musharraf’s head

By NNN-Bernama,

Islamabad : The son of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti, who were killed during Pervez Musharraf’s regime, has offered a bounty of 1 billion rupees (US$22.5 million) and 1,000 acres of land to any person who beheads the former military ruler, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

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The offer was made by Talal Akbar Bugti, the son of late Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti and chief of the Jamhoori Watan Party while addressing a news conference in Quetta recently.

Bugti said Musharraf also deserved a death sentence for overthrowing an elected government in 1999.

“I give the status of wajib-ul-qatl (fit to be killed) to Musharraf. As you are aware, he ended a democratic government elected with a large mandate in 1999 and he deserves the death sentence according to Article 6 (of the constitution which relates to high treason).

“Therefore, he is wajib-ul-qatl,” said Bugti, adding that Musharraf is also wajib-ul-qatl for killing innocent people in Balochistan.

The government allowed him to leave the country, he said.

Besides, Musharraf was fit to be killed as he had committed many “unforgivable” crimes, including the killing of innocent people during the 2007 Lal Masjid operation, he said.

Bugti said he would give land and money to any person who killed Musharraf,
now living in self-exile in Britain.
Bugti condemned Musharraf’s allegation that his father was a traitor and claimed the former President had strengthened case against him by acknowledging his links in the killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti.

Addressing the news conference along with senior PML-N leader Sardar Yaqoob Nasir, Bugti said Musharraf had been fully exposed in front of the public after his recent comments to the media.

Such “false statements” by Musharraf have caused irreparable damage to Pakistan’s sovereignty, he said.

If Musharraf had the guts, he would come to Pakistan and face the cases against him, Bugti said.

The government should show seriousness and bring the former dictator back through Interpol and award him exemplary punishment, he added.

Bugti claimed that Masood Malik, a former army intelligence officer during Musharraf’s regime, had agreed to become an approver against the former military ruler so that charges of genocide and abduction of innocent people in Balochistan could be framed against him.

Bugti appealed to the Supreme Court Chief Justice to issue arrest warrants for Musharraf.

On August 26, 2006, Bugti was killed in a cave, about 150 miles east of Quetta, leading to widespread unrest in the area, where he is widely regarded as a hero and martyr.