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Balochistan Court issues Arrest Warrant against Pervez Musharraf for Baloch leader’s Murder

Pervez Musharraf has been facing a number of cases that include the high treason-trial since the year 2013 and he was barred from leaving Pakistan in 2014 by the government

Pervez Musharraf
Pervez Musharraf. Wikimedia Commons.

Islamabad, November 30, 2016: A bail able arrest warrant against former Pakistani dictator General Pervez Musharraf was issued by the Balochistan High Court on Monday, in a case concerning the alleged murder of the former nationalist leader  of Balochistan- Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, in a military-operation on the year 2006.

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Dawn reported  that a divisional bench of the High Court of Balochistan passed the order during the hearing of the review petition challenging acquittal of the 73 year old former President by an anti Terrorism Court in the case.

Justice Zaheeruddin Kakar and Justice Jamal Mandokhail heard a review petition filed by the son of the Baloch leader Akbar Bugti- Nawabzada Jamil Bugti.

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Akhtar Shah, the counsel of Pervez Musharaf, pleaded to the court that his client respects the court, but he cannot appear before the court pertaining to ‘security reasons’.

However Bugti’s lawyer has complained that in spite of repeated orders, the former president has failed to appear before the court.

The court ordered that the administration should ensure proper security to Pervez Musharraf while he makes his appearance in the court.

The Government of Pakistan had allowed Musharraf to go abroad for medical treatment in March, earlier this year.

Nawab Akbar Bugti, the leader of Balochistan, was killed on 26th August of 2006 in an operation in Balochistan’s rugged mountains of Taratani in the district of Kohlu.

To press for provincial autonomy Bugti had led an armed campaign and a greater share of profits earned from the natural resources of Balochistan.

The demise of the popular Baloch chieftain had given way to angry protests in parts of the nation.

Pervez Musharraf, who went into a self imposed exile in Dubai post being forced to resign as president facing an impeachment following the elections of 2008, had returned to Pakistan on the year  2013 to contest the elections but was implicated in multiple cases.

After losing in the polls, Musharraf was not permitted to leave Pakistan until the government allowed him in March of 2016 to go abroad for the sake of medical treatment following orders by the Supreme Court.

Pervez Musharraf has been facing a number of cases that include the high treason-trial since the year 2013 and he was barred from leaving Pakistan in 2014 by the government.

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Musharraf obtained power in a bloodless coup in the year 1999, deposing the Prime Minister of that time Nawaz Sharif.

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

Google Along with Other SSocial Media Giants will Face The Lawmakers, Wikimedia Commons
Google Along with Other SSocial Media Giants will Face The Lawmakers, Wikimedia Commons

Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?