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ATC indicts 3 accused in Airport attack case

KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Saturday indicted three suspects over their alleged involvement in April 2014 attack on Karachi Airport .

The three suspects — Sarmad Siddiqui, Asif Zaheer and Nadeem alias Burger (also alias Mullah) — were produced before the ATC. The judges read out the charges to the accused, who pleaded not guilty.

The court has now summoned all witnesses in the case for the next hearing scheduled for March 14.

An ATC in 2014 had remanded Siddiqui, Zaheer and Nadeem for allegedly providing logistical support, funds and weapons to the militants that attacked the Karachi airport.

At that time, the Investigating Officer (IO) had submitted a report which said that the suspects were arrested on Oct 28 and two of them were found carrying unlicensed weapons.

The IO had contended that during initial interrogation the suspects had disclosed that they purchased 9mm and CF 98 pistols by using the license of arms dealer Hameedur Rehman and handed over the weapons to Malik Mumtaz Awan and others.

The brazen five-hour attack by militants took place at Karachi’s international airport last year killing 28 people, including 10 attackers.


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