Peshawar: Man convicted for designing suicide attack
PESHAWAR: As reported by the Dawn News on Thursday, a would-be suicide bomber charged with planning to carry out a suicide attack at Nowshera Cantonment was convicted by an anti-terrorism court here on Wednesday and was sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment. The court presided over by Hayat Ali Shah observed that the prosecution had proved its case against the accused, Mir Janan, a resident of Makeen area in South Waziristan tribal region. The accused was arrested in Nowshera Cantonment on Sept 8, 2008, by some army personnel and was charged with wearing a suicide vest having 10 to 15kg explosive material and carrying a hand grenade. Following his arrest the accused had also recorded his confessional statement wherein he stated that he belonged to Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan of Baitullah Mehsud. He stated that he was brought to the area by another person named Taimor on a motorbike and was left there for carrying out the suicide attack. After his arrest the Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) had claimed that he was about to make an attempt on a security forces convoy in the area. Although, the defence claimed that the accused was a juvenile offender as he was about 16 at the time of his arrest, but it did not press that point before the trial court. He was charged under section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, section 3 and 4 of the Explosive Substance Act and section 120-B of the Pakistan Penal Code. The defence counsel argued that while the prosecution claimed that the accused was carrying a hand grenade of type H36, while the bomb disposal unit in its report stated that the grenade produced by the prosecution was made in Russia and FI type. The counsel contended that the confessional statement of the accused was based on coercion and torture and the concerned judicial magistrate was not satisfied about those facts and had not ordered his medical examination.