Court acquits 3 alleged TTP militants in 2009 DG Khan Imambargah attack

27 people had died and more than 85 injured in a suicide attack on an imam bargah in Dera Ghazi Khan in 2009.


Owais Jafri August 21, 2013
The alleged militants were acquitted because of a lack of substantial evidence against them. PHOTO: FILE

MULTAN: The Anti-terrorist court in District Dera Ghazi Khan acquitted three alleged terrorists connected with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) due to a lack of evidence against them.

The ATC on Wednesday headed by Justice Chaudhry Munir Butt ruled that the alleged militants be released in the absence of any substantial proof against them.

No witnesses appeared during the court proceedings.

The three militants were identified as Muhammad Ismail, Muhammad Naeem and Ghulam Mustafa Qaiserani. They had been arrested from the sub-district Taunsa whereas Qaari Obaidullah from North Waziristan was declared a squander and has been termed a proclaimed offender.

Naeem is also wanted for the target killing of Shias in District Chakwal, sources told Express Tribune.

They had earlier been arrested in connection to the 2009 suicide attack which targeted Shias near imambargah Ali Johar, Dera Ghazi Khan, during the chehlum procession of Hazrat Imam Hussain.

27 people were killed in the blast and 85 were injured. Ten of the critically injured also died in the week following the blast.

It was revealed that 48 people became disabled because of the attack.

The police had arrested the members of the gang that were alleged to be behind the attack. It had also arrested three members of TTP Punjab Chapter, the investigations of which were led by DPO Dera Ghazi Khan Omar Akhtar Laleeka.

DCO Dera Ghazi Khan, Ali Bahadur Qaazi has ordered house arrest for the three suspects for a period of 30 days upon their release.

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well done by punjab courts, arrested people in 2009 , put them in jail and release in 2013. these people 5years of these peoples are wasted.

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