ATC acquits PTI's Baldev Kumar in Soran Singh murder case

Adviser to K-P CM was killed in April, 2016

Our Correspondent April 26, 2018
Baldev Kumar. PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR: A Buner anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Thursday acquitted Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Baldev Kumar in the Soran Singh murder case.

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Judge Jamaluddin acquitted Kumar along with six other accused including Alam Khan and Feroz Khan due to lack of evidence. The trial was conducted over two years.

The men were arrested in connection with Singh's killing. The deceased, a PTI leader and adviser to the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chief minister, was killed on April 22, 2016 in his native Buner village.

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Singh was elected to the KP Assembly on a seat reserved for minorities. Kumar ranked second on the list.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) notified the latter as MPA following Singh's killing. Kumar has not been sworn in despite PHC, ECP directives ordering otherwise. His brother Tilak said Kumar remained imprisoned for two years on mere allegations.

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