Beleaguered Musharraf 'arrested', grilled in yet another case

Police in Pakistan today 'arrested' former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over the killing of Baloch leader Akbar Bugti in a 2006 military operation. This is one of the three cases that have dogged him since he returned to the country in March after four years of self-exile.

The other two cases relate to his sacking of 60 judges after declaring a national emergency in 2007; and his alleged role in the assassination of two-time President Benazir Bhutto.

The arrest means nothing in physical terms, as Musharraf continues to be ensconced in his luxurious farmhouse outside Islamabad, which has been declared a 'sub-jail' by authorities.

However, a team of Balochistan Police arrested the former general and grilled him for nearly four hours.

The five-member police team confirmed to reporters outside the sprawling farmhouse that Musharraf had been arrested over the killing of Bugti.

Musharraf, 69, was the army chief when the operation against Bugti was ordered.

Earlier in the day, Judge Chaudhry Habib-ur-Rehman of an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi accepted a request from Balochistan Police to include Musharraf in the probe into Bugti's death.

Shortly after the judge issued the order, the police team went to Musharraf's farmhouse to question him.

A court in Balochistan had issued a warrant for his arrest in 2011.

In a related development, Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, who was interior minister in Musharraf's regime, appeared in an anti-terrorism court in Quetta for the hearing of a case over Bugti's killing.