January 21, 2015
|Gen (retd) Musharraf has never appeared before the court stating health issues. PHOTO: AFP|
QUETTA: The war of words between two federating units – Sindh and Balochistan – is hampering formation of a medical board, which will determine whether former military ruler Gen (retd) Musharraf is actually facing health issues and cannot attend hearings of case, in which he is the chief accused.
An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Quetta indicted Musharraf along with co-accused – former interior minister Aftab Ahmed Sherpao and former Balochistan home minister Shoaib Nausherwani – in a case regarding murder of Balochistan’s former chief minister and Jamhoori Watan Party’s chief Nawab Akbar Bugti.
Bugti, along with his more than 35 comrades, was assassinated during a military operation near Dera Bugti and Kohlu on August 26, 2006. The operation was allegedly ordered by the former president Musharraf.
In 2009, an FIR was lodged against him and others on the complaint of Nawab Bugti’s son. However, there has been no progress in the investigation since 2009. Musharraf has never appeared before the court stating health issues. Following the directives of the ATC Quetta, Balochistan government approached Sindh government to constitute a medical board of senior doctors and examine the health condition of former president Pervez Musharraf.
“However, in response to the Balochistan government’s request, Sindh Government replied with a letter asking ‘Where is Musharraf?’,” Balochistan Director General Health Farooq-e-Azam told The Express Tribune.
“The government of Balochistan will approach Sindh government again and ask whether it will constitute a medical board or let Balochistan send its board to examine the health of Musharraf,” he said.
He said Balochistan government has already proposed names of seven vary senior doctors.
“Musharraf has been living in Karachi. Thus, the government of Sindh was approached to constitute the medical board,” he said, adding that the responsibility of the board is to ascertain whether the medical certificates submitted by Musharraf lawyers in the ATC are correct or not. However, the health department confirmed that there was no progress in constituting medical board.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 21st, 2015.