The government may ask the Interpol to issue a Red Corner Notice for former President Pervez Musharraf if Pakistani authorities sought his arrest in connection with a case related to the killing of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Wednesday.

Mr. Malik made the remarks after the Balochistan High Court on Wednesday directed the police to register a case against Mr. Musharraf and several of his close aides, including former premier Shaukat Aziz, in connection with the killing of Bugti in a military operation in 2006.

He said Mr. Musharraf is no longer the President of the country and did not enjoy any sort of immunity. The government can ask the Interpol to issue Red Corner Notices for Mr. Musharraf and Mr. Aziz if authorities and investigating officers in Balochistan make a request in this regard, Mr. Malik told reporters.

The Balochistan High Court issued its order in response to a petition filed by Bugti’s son Jamil Akbar Bugti.

The court had earlier summoned Mr. Musharraf to appear before it for today’s hearing but neither he nor his counsel was present at the proceedings.

The court directed police in Dera Bugti district to register a First Information Report and to conduct an investigation.

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