A local court on Saturday reserved judgment over a bail application filed by a suspected terrorist arrested by the capital police on September 7.
Shoaib Andarabi was arrested by the police from Sector G-15/1, who seized a larger quantity of weapons, including four remote-controlled planes filled with explosives, from his possession. Since September 7, Andarabi has been in jail on judicial remand.
During the hearing on Saturday, the petitioner’s counsel filed a bail application and stated that his client was wrongly implicated in the case.
Civil Judge Imanullah Khan reserved the judgement till September 30 and directed the police to submit a complete charge-sheet on the next hearing.
During the raid on the suspected terrorists’ hide-out, Andarabi’s nephews, Irtiyaz Gillani and Dr Mujahid Gillani had managed to escape from the scene. However, Andarabi was arrested by the Tarnol police and booked under section 324/109 of the Pakistan Penal Code and Section 4/5 of the Explosives Act and Section 13/20/65 of the Pakistan Arms Ordinance.
These sections are related to attempted murder, abetment in crime, possessing explosive material and illegal weapons.
According to the interim charge-sheet, the Tarnol police stated that they recovered a large amount of weapons and ammunition from Andarabi’s possession and suspected that he belonged to a militant organisation.
The police claimed that accomplices who escaped belonged to Indian-held Kashmir and were nephews of Asiya Andarabi, the founder and chairperson of Dukhtaran-i-Millat or Daughters of the Nation, a pro-freedom group associated with the All Parties Hurriyat Conference in Indian Kashmir.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 29th, 2013.