Bugti's son offers Rs 1 billion bounty for Mushrraf's head

Bugti's son offers Rs 1 billion bounty for Mushrraf's head

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 yesterday. 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.

"(Musharraf) is also wajib-ul-qatl for killing innocent people in Balochistan. The government allowed him to leave the country," he said. He said Musharraf also deserves to die for killing innocent people.

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 one Brig (retired) Masood Malik, a former 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.

In an angry response to Bugti's threats and allegations, Musharraf told a gathering of his supporters in the British city of Manchester that he did not get Nawab Akbar Bugti killed and that he does not fear anyone.

Musharraf said Nawab Akbar Bugti died fighting with the Frontier Corps. "They say I killed Bugti. I was the President, he died fighting the Frontier Corps. The Frontier Corps has an officer in-charge, then there are the Corps Commander, the Chief Minister, the Governor and the Prime Minister.

Was I a platoon commander who went and killed him?" he said. "I want to respond to (Talal Akbar Bugti's) threats.

He thinks he can kill me. Let him come before me and we will talk face to face and then we'll see what he can do. Let him come and take me on," Musharraf thundered as his supporters cheered.

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