Rawalpindi: Suspected suicide bombers on trial
RAWALPINDI: Twelve men suspected of planning to assassinate the former president Pervez Musharraf by allegedly carrying out a suicide attack pleaded not guilty when on Tuesday they were formally indicted after the investigators submitted an amended charge sheet against them with additional accusations. ATC–II Judge Sakhi Muhammad Kahot who has been conducting the trial in Adiala Jail indicted the accused Intikhab Abbasi, Abid Khan, Muhammad Ishaq, Muhammad Kabir, Qamaruz Zaman, Zafar Ali, Muhammad Zameer, Muhammad Touqir, Muhammad Sajjad, Abdul Sattar, Farhan Mehmood and Rashid Mehmood with the charges of terrorism, criminal conspiracy, keeping explosive materials unlawfully, using tempered vehicles with bogus registrations and forgery. The court adjourned the hearing till October 21.
The group was busted earlier this year, and it was later revealed that they had been planning suicide attacks, including one against the former President.
The accused were arrested by security agencies on June 1 from Sadiqabad a densely populated area and seized three explosive laden vehicles with over 1000 kg explosives.
According to details, Rawalpindi police, along with other security agencies cordoned off an area in Dhoke Kala Khan and carried out an early morning search on the tip off and sized three explosive laden vehicles and arrested six men. Other arrests were made on the information obtained from the already arrested men.
Separately the court put off the hearing in the case of suicide attack on former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz till October 21 after recording the statements of three prosecution witness and excluded five other witnesses from the case declaring them as irrelevant.
Two men Muhammad Usman and Maulvi Imtiaz are accused of helping th suicide bomber that blew himself in the convoy of Shaukat Aziz in 2006 when he was in Fatejang in connection with his lection campaign.