Baloch leader announces Rs.1 bn to kill Musharraf (Lead, Correcting figure)

October 10th, 2010 - 8:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Pervez Musharraf Islamabad, Oct 10 (IANS) Former president Pervez Musharraf has undermined Pakistan’s sovereignty, a Baloch nationalist leader has said, offering Rs.1 billion ($11.6 million) to anyone who kills the former army chief.

Talal Bugti, president of Jamhoori Watan Party, made the announcement in Quetta in the presence of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Sardar Yaqoob Nasir Saturday, the Daily Times reported.

Talal blamed Musharraf for the death of Nawab Akbar Bugti, a popular Baloch leader who was killed in August 2006 when the military conducted an anti-insurgency operation.

Talal claimed that a former brigadier who served during Musharraf’s regime was ready to testify against the junta in the killing of Nawab Bugti.

He said Musharraf posed a security threat and had undermined the sovereignty and integrity of Pakistan.

“If he was really brave, he should return to Pakistan immediately and face the criminal charges against him.”

Musharraf, who seized power in 1999, ruled Pakistan for nine years. He has lived in exile after stepping down in 2008.

Musharraf has announced the launch of his party All Pakistan Muslim League to fight the 2013 general election in his country.

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