Supreme Court grants bail to Musharraf in Bugti murder case

Pakistan's Supreme Court granted bail Wednesday to former President Pervez Musharraf in the murder case of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Bugti, according to officials.

Welcoming the decision, Asia Ishaq, spokesperson for Musharraf's All Pakistan Muslim League, told Kyodo News in a telephone interview Musharraf has thanked the Supreme Court for granting him bail, a move that ends his restriction on free movement.

According to Ishaq, the former president will remain in the country.

Musharraf has to submit two bonds worth 1 million rupees ($9,434) each, according to the court's decision.

Bugti, who was chief minister of Balochistan until August 1990, was killed in a shell explosion in a cave in which his camp was set.

In 2012, a court in Balochistan issued an arrest warrant for Musharraf, who had been accused of involvement in Bugti's killing.

Musharraf has been under house arrest for the last six months.

In August he was indicted on charges of murder, conspiracy to murder and facilitation of murder in the murder of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto who was assassinated in 2007.