ISLAMABAD (dpa) – A Pakistani court indicted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf and five others Wednesday in the killing of a tribal elder and politician in 2006.
Akbar Khan Bugti was slain in the south-western province of Balochistan during a military operation. Musharraf was army chief and president at the time.
Judge Aftab Ahmad Lone of the anti-terrorism court in provincial capital Quetta indicted Musharraf in absentia, prosecutor Sohail Rajput said.
Former officals of Musharraf’s government including prime minister Shaukat Aziz, interior minister Aftab Sherpao, provincial governor Owais Ghani, provincial home minister Mir Shoaib Nosherwani and Kohlu district administrator Samad Laasi were also charged.
Only Sherpao and Nosherwani were present in court, and they denied the charges.
The court adjourned the hearing until February 4.
The case was launched in 2009 at the request of Jamil Akbar Bugti, a son of the victim.
It is second murder case in which Musharraf has been indicted. He has also been charged in the assassination of former two-time premier Benazir Bhutto in 2007.
The former military dictator is also facing two more cases, including one for treason stemming from his suspension of the constitution, and for arresting judges after he imposed a state of emergency in 2007.
Musharraf took power in a bloodless coup in 1999 and stepped down in 2008 after his supporters were defeated in election.