Karachi: Five suspects indicted in terror case
KARACHI: The additional district and sessions judge-II, Central, on Saturday indicted five suspected terrorists for possessing illegal weapons and explosive substance and for planning attacks on mourning processions during Ashura. However, pleading not guilty, the accused opted to contest the case. The judge, Nelofer Shahnawaz, summoned all the prosecution witnesses directing them to appear in the court on the next hearing to testify in the case.
According to the prosecution, five suspected terrorists identified as Syed Mohammed Waseem alias Imran, Mohammed Aijaz alias Abdul Rehman, Jamil Ahmed alias Wazir Akbar, Mohammed Hamid alias Qasim and a would be suicide bomber Aziz Ahmed alias Mohammed Khan were arrested by the CID police from North Karachi. The suspects were allegedly planning to carry out suicide attacks on the processions during Ashura.
The investigation officer stated in the charge-sheet that acting on a tip-off the CID police conducted a raid on a house in North Karachi on January 19. The house reportedly served as the suspects’ hideout where they also used to store weapons and other explosives. During the raid, the suspects opened fire on the police party but were finally arrested after a shootout. The CID police had seized illegal weapons and explosives from the possession of the accused.
Six cases (FIR Nos 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 10/08) were registered against the accused under Sections 324, 353/34 of the Pakistan Penal Code, 13-D of Arms Ordinance and 34 of Explosive Act at the New Karachi police station. The court has fixed July 12 as the next date of hearing.