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More terror awaits Karachi as court acquits seven ASWJ-Taliban militants for ‘want of evidence’

Aurangzeb Farooqi, head of ASWJ-LeJ-Taliban in Karachi.

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Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and the “lack of evidence”

Let’s blame the prosecution

KARACHI, July 24: A sessions court acquitted on Tuesday seven alleged members of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan in a police encounter case for want of evidence.

The seven men — Saeed Anwar alias Moulvi, Hazrat Umar alias Ameer Sahib, Hamid Ali alias Hamesh alias Baatu, Khan Wali, Khan Alam, Saifur Rehman and Karamat Khan — were arrested in November 2010 after a shootout within the remit of the Gulistan-i-Jauhar police station.

The accused through their counsel moved acquittal applications in court and Additional District and Sessions Judge (south) Javed Ahmed Keerio, who conducted the trial in the judicial complex (central prison), allowed the pleas after hearing both sides.

The court ruled that the prosecution remained unable to place any confidence-inspiring evidence before it against the accused and there was no possibility of conviction in future.

At the time of their arrest, the then city police chief, Waseem Ahmed, had claimed that the accused were active members of the banned TTP and planning to target government installations and senior officials in the city. He had alleged that a large cache of explosive materials, suicide jackets and illicit weapons were found in their possession.

They were also involved in a botched attack on the Keamari oil terminal and were close aides to the Karachi chief of the TTP, he added.

A number of cases were registered against them under Sections 324 (attempted murder) and 353 (criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code, Section 4/5 of the Explosive Substance Act and 13-D of the Pakistan Arms Ordinance, 1965 at the Gulistan-i-Jauhar police station.

However, the accused have already been acquitted in illicit weapons and explosive substance cases for lack of evidence.

http://dawn.com/2012/07/25/seven-ttp-men-acquitted-for-want-of-evidence/

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  • There is no want of evidence. When judges are openly threatened by terrorists in the court room and when agencies (ISI, MI) instruct the police to be lenient in prosecution of arrested terrorists, what else can you expect?

    Moreover, there are undeclared NROs between the political parties (both PPP and PML-N) and ASWJ-Taliban.

    Here’s an example:

    Rehman Malik secured Gen Tariq Majeed’s son-in-law’s release by Taliban in exchange of Malik Ishaq. CJP too was a party

    http://t.co/d3hYCrPb

    As a part of the deal, Rehman Malik and Iftikhar Chaudhry promised no ASWJ-LeJ terrorist will be arrested in any part of Pakistan. Of course the deal was engineered by the ISI.

  • From SC to lower courts, all are supporting terrorism

    A big shame to every Pakistani

    Where the country is heading?

  • The Writers are requested to explain that how come a lower court over look the forced sunni islam? How In the prerense of existing corrupt sections of law forged by. Marde Haq, one could expect justice?
    to review the fake laws forthcoming parliament should be elected on the basis of a revival house of NA.