Supreme Court acquits three suspects in Musharraf attack case

Judges slam authorities for inadequate evidence and weak prosecution


News Desk November 30, 2017
In twin suicide attacks on the official convoy of Musharraf on December 25 in 2003 when 15 civilians were killed near Jhanda Chichi in Rawalpindi. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

All three suspects in a case pertaining to 2003 assassination attempt on former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf were acquitted over inadequate evidence by the Supreme Court on Thursday.

A three-judge-bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, was hearing the case relating to twin suicide attacks on Musharraf's official convoy, which killed 15 civilians near Jhanda Chichi, Rawalpindi on December 25 in 2003.

Suspects Intikhab Abbasi, Zafar Ali and Mohamamd Kabir were released due to inadequate evidence and weak prosecution, Express News reported.

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Justice Dost Muhammad, in his remarks said, “The fish was real but slipped out of net due to negligence from prosecution”.

Justice Asif Saeed Khosa also expressed annoyance over the weak case presented by the prosecution.

A trial court had handed down death sentences to the suspects, which were later turned to life imprisonment by a high court. All three had alleged links to the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.

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