Safoora Massacre: Non-Bailable Warrants for 11 Absconders Issued
KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court issued non-bailable warrants for the arrest of 11 absconders, including an arms dealer, in the Safoora Goth bus carnage case on Thursday, media reported.
Tahir Hussain Minhas, alias Sain; Saad Aziz, alias Tin Tin and Asad-ur-Rehman, alias Malik, have been chargesheeted for their direct involvement in the case and Hafiz Nasir, alias Yasir and Mohammad Azhar Ishrat, alias Majid, were named for allegedly providing accommodation, funds and reconnaissance to the main suspects while Fishermen Cooperative Society vice-chairman Sultan Qamar Siddiqui, his brother Hussain Umar Siddiqui and Sajid Naeem were nominated for allegedly providing weapons to the assailants.
The police had submitted a final investigation report on Nov 23 in which all the eight detained suspects were chargesheeted while Zahid Motiwala, owner of an arms shop in Defence Housing Authority, Hafiz Mohammad Umer, alias Jawad; Ali Rehman, alias Toona; Tayyab; Mehmood; Abdullah Mansoor; Mistari Pathan; Dawood; Abdullah Bin Yousuf, alias Abdul Aziz, and two unidentified Pakhtun origin men were shown as absconders.
Initially, the court had declined to admit the final report since it was submitted without the scrutiny of the prosecutor as two special public prosecutors had dissociated themselves from the case and the court was informed that their resignations were still pending.
Later, the regular prosecutor of the ATC-VI scrutinised the report and submitted it in court after the authorities concerned directed him to plead the case.
On Thursday, the ATC-VI issued non-bailable warrants against the absconding accused and directed the police to arrest them and produce till Dec 8.
Around 45 Shia Ismaili community members, including 18 women, were killed and eight others sustained wounds in an armed attack on their bus near Safoora Goth on May 13.
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