Karachi: Suicide blast case
KARACHI: An anti–terrorism court adjourned the hearing of a case pertaining to the suicide attack on Allama Hassan Turabi, a leader of the Muttahida Majlis-i–Amal, and his nephew till Nov 20. The judge directed co–accused Raheemullah alias Ali Hasan, an activist of banned Harkatul Mujahideen, to engage a counsel. The activist was arrested after a shootout with the police in Saeedabad area on September 26, 2008. Earlier, the court had declared Reheemullah, Mufti Illyas, Khalid Khan, Sohail Siddiqui and Ali Hasan as absconders in the case.
On March 19, the court had indicted the arrested accused, Sultan Mahmood alias Saifullah, Mohammad Amin alias Khalid Shaheen, Mohammad Akbar Khan, Mohammad Rehman alias Mani and Ashfaq Qureshi on the charges of masterminding the suicide attack on the MMA leader. However, they pleaded not guilty and opted to contest the case.
The prosecution said that the Sindh chief of the Tehrik-i-Islami and provincial vice-president of the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal, Allama Hasan Turabi, and his nephew, Ali Turabi, were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the religious leader`s Gulshan-i-Iqbal residence on July 14, 2006. They were coming back to home after attending an anti-Israel demonstration organized by the MMA. Three police guards Azhar Hussain, Fakhar Hussain, Mohammad Rashid and a woman Noreen were also injured in the blast. The alleged suicide bomber was later identified as Abdul Karim.