Karachi: Suspect charged in Saudi consulate attack case
KARACHI: An anti–terrorism court indicted on Saturday a man in a case pertaining to a grenade attack on the Saudi consulate. The man, Zaki Kazmi, has been booked for allegedly carrying out the attack in May last year while his accomplice Asif Manu, said to have mastermind the attack, was killed after an armed encounter in Gulistan-i-Jauhar in November. Judge Ghulam Mustafa Memon of the ATC–III, who is conducting the trial, read out charges against the accused. However, he pleaded not guilty and opted to contest the case.
The court put off the hearing till July 2 for the evidence of prosecution witnesses since the defence counsel requested the court for a long adjournment because of his engagements abroad.
According to the prosecution, two grenades were hurled at the Saudi consulate in the Defence Housing Authority on May 11, 2011, which did not cause any causality, but damaged some windowpanes of a mosque inside the consulate. A police team raided a residential complex, Rabia City, in Gulistan-i-Jauhar to arrest the alleged mastermind, but he opened fire on the police and tried to escape and during an exchange of fire, suffered bullet wounds and died, it added.
A case (FIR 155/11) was registered under Section 3/4 of the Explosive Substance Act read with Section 7 of the Anti–Terrorism Act, 1997 at the Gizri police station.