Karachi: Judgment in Hassan Turabi murder case on hold
KARACHI: As reported by The News on Sunday, the Anti-Terrorism Court reserved judgment in a trial against the activists of a banned outfit for masterminding a suicide attack to kill polical leader Allama Hassan Turabi in 2006. Mohammad Amin alias Khalid Shaheen, Sultan Mehmood alias Saifullah, Mohammad Rehman alias Mani, Ashfaq Qureshi, Mohammad Akbar Khan and Raheemullah are charged with masterminding the suicide bomb attack to kill Hassan Turabi near his residence in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area. Hasan Turabi along with his nephew Imran Ali was killed in a blast in the limits of Sachal police station, Karachi, on July 14, 2006. According to the prosecution, the alleged suicide bomber, later identified as Abdul Karim, had blown himself up with explosive material when Hassan Turabi reached his house after attending a rally against Israeli aggression on Palestine and Lebanon. Three policemen Azhar Hussain, Fakhar Hussain, Mohammad Rashid and a woman Mst. Noreen were also injured in the blast. Special Public Prosecutor Naimat Ali Randhawa submitted that the prosecution proved its case against the accused and they may be awarded death sentence for killing the religious leader. He submitted that the accused first attempted to kill Hassan Turabi through remote controlled bomb in April 2006 while he was traveling on Abul Hassan Isfahani Road in the limits of Mubina Town police station but he escaped unhurt in the attempt, however, his son Murtaza Turabi and gunman Mashooq and a pedestrian were injured. He said that the accused later prepared a suicide bomber to execute their plan and got Hassan Turabi killed in the suicide attack. Prosecution placed 37 witnesses to prove he guilt of the defendants. Defendants’ counsel Abdul Waheed Katpar, Maqboolur Rehman and Nasir Mughal submitted that the prosecution failed to prove its case against the defendants as prosecution case was full of contradictions. They said that the prosecution evidences were not trustworthy and could not be relied upon in the eyes of the law and ruling of superior courts. They prayed the court to acquit them from the charges. The ATC headed by Judge Anand Ram Hotwani, after hearing the arguments of the SPP and defendants’ counsel, reserved the judgment for September 30.