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'Dialogue for Peace' event cancelled after protests over extending invite to 'war criminal' Musharraf

News Agencies | Updated on: 19 August 2017, 9:39 IST

The 'Dialogue for Peace' event organised by Nobel Peace Center in Oslo has been cancelled midway after the Baloch activists staged a protest over extending invite to Pakistan's former military dictator Pervez Musharraf as a speaker.

Baloch Republican Party spokesman Sher Mohammad Bugti? tweeted after the event was cancelled, "More Nobel Peace Center cancels the event midway when Baloch activists protested against Musharraf being invited as a speaker. Well done."

In a series of tweets, Baloch leader Brahumdagh Bugti, the founder and leader (in exile) of the Baloch Republican Party, also raised an objection to extending an invitation to former military dictator Musharraf to participate in a talk on peace.

In another tweet,Bugti mentioned,"Musharraf has been invited by the organisation Dialogue for peace, who hosted tonights event. Our museum is open for all visitors."
On Twitter, Bugti requested Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg to cancel the meeting with "a war criminal and a court absconder," Musharraf.

The Balochistan Republican Party leader also accused Musharraf of killing his grandfather Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti in a military raid on 26 August 2006.

Musharraf has been facing a slew of cases, including the high treason trial since 2013 and he was barred from leaving the country in 2014 by the government.
Musharraf seized power in a bloodless coup in 1999, deposing the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.The Balochistan High Court in November 2016 had issued a bailable arrest warrant against former Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf in connection with the murder of former Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti in a military operation in 2006.


First published: 19 August 2017, 9:39 IST