Islamabad, Oct.9: Pakistan's Supreme Court on Wednesday granted bail to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in murder case of slain Baluch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti paving way for his release after nearly six months of house arrest.
A three-judge panel headed by Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk granted bail to the former president against two surety bonds of one million rupees each, his lawyers said in Islamabad after the hearing.
Musharraf's lawyer Qamar Afzal said in Islamabad bail was granted for lack of evidence about the former general's involvement in the murder. Bugti was killed during an army operation in his native town of Dera Bugti in August 2006. His family accused Musharraf of masterminding assassination of Bugi, who had been struggling to get more autonomy and royalty in the development projects for his oil and gas rich Baluchistan province.
Presently detained at his palatial villa in Islamabad's Shehzad town, Musharraf has been facing a very tough time after returning home in March. He has already secured bail in Benazir Bhutto's murder and judges' detention case. After getting bail in Bugti's case, analysts believe, Musharraf is now a free man.
Officials said that the government was most likely lift the sub jail status from his house but he may not be able to move freely in Islamabad because of threats to his life by Taliban.