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Pakistan court issues arrest warrant for former president Musharraf

[JURIST] The Balochistan High Court [official website] issued an arrest warrant Monday for former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile]. Musharraf is accused [TOI report] of involvement with the murder of former Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti [Al Jazeera profile] in a military operation in 2006. Bugti had led a campaign for greater autonomy in the Balochistan region.

Cases against Musharraf have been ongoing since 2010. In April Pakistan's Anti-Terrorism Court issued a nonbailable arrest warrant against the former president and military leader for detaining more than 60 judges [JURIST report] after declaring a state of emergency in 2007. Pakistan's Sindh High Court [official website] in June 2014 lifted a travel ban that had prevented Musharraf from leaving the country. Musharraf was indicted [JURIST report] in March of that year on charges of high treason. If convicted, Musharraf could face the death penalty. Musharraf pleaded not guilty to each of the charges against him, including unlawfully suspending the constitution, firing Pakistan's chief justice, and instituting emergency rule in 2007. Musharraf called the charges politically motivated and maintained that the country had prospered under his 2001-2008 rule and that his declaration of a state of emergency was not unconstitutional.

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