Rawalpindi: Mehsood declared PO
RAWALPINDI: An anti terrorism court on Saturday declared Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Baitullah Mehsood a proclaimed offender (PO) in a case in which he is accused of plotting to blow up the offices of high ranking police officials. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had arrested three suspects from Muslim Colony on August 24 2008, and put them on trial for hatching a plot to blow up several police offices, including those of the deputy inspector general and senior superintendent of police. The three suspects included Khurrum Ishtiaq, a resident of Muslim Town Rawalpindi, Ghulam Mustafa, a resident of Kallar Syedian, and Shamim Alam, a resident of South Waziristan Agency. The FIA officials had recovered suicide vests, ball bearings and explosive material from their custody.
The court issued proclamation against nine absconders in this case, including Mehsood, Muhammad Tayyab, Usman, Abdul Raheem, Qari Hussain, Habib Ullah, Sajid Davar, Qari Saleem and Ustad. The court adjourned proceedings until October 24. Baitullah Mehsood and his accomplices have been declared proclaimed offenders in several cases of terrorism, including the Benazir Butto murder case.