Rawalpindi: Charges framed against 12 terror suspects
RAWALPINDI: Anti Terrorism Court–II (ATC–II) on Monday framed charges against 12 suspected terrorists in three high profile cases. Judge Sakhi Muhammad Kahoot formally indicted Niaz Ahmad and Muhammad Mazharul Haq in Pervez Musharraf plane attack case. However, the accused pleaded not guilty. The court put off hearing till Feb 7 to record the statements of persecution witnesses.Banni police arrested the accused on July 6, 2007 for allegedly firing 36 machinegun rounds at the plane of former president Pervez Musharraf, which missed the target.
The machinegun was installed on the roof of a two–storey house in Asghar Mall not far from Islamabad Airport and Chaklala airbase. The same court also framed charges against Shafiqur Rehman, Muhammad Mazhar-ul-Haq, Niaz Ahmad and Abdul Saboor in the General Headquarters (GHQ) check post bombing case on Nov 20, 2007. The accused, however, pleaded innocence. The court deferred hearing till Feb 7 to record the statements of prosecution witnesses. An unidentified suicide bomber had blown himself up at a check post set up a few meters away from GHQ, killing a security official and a bystander. The police arrested the suspects from the environs of Rawalpindi Arts Council and recovered three suicide belts, five detonators and a sizable quantity of explosive material from their custody. According to police, the alleged terrorists were planning to carry out attacks on important personalities. A separate case was registered against the accused on July 1, 2008. Similarly, the ATC-I headed by Judge Chaudhry Habibur Rehman framed charges against six suspected terrorists accused of targeting a bus of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) in Dec 2007 carrying schoolchildren. Around eight persons were injured in the attack. The court formally indicted Khair Malang, Hafiz Saeedul Akbar, Israrul Haq, Amin Khan, Fareed Khan and Ghulam Nabi. They belong to Swabi district of NWFP. However, the accused pleaded not guilty. The court put off hearing till Feb 16 to record the statements of prosecution witnesses.