KARACHI: An antiterrorism court remanded on Friday a former engineer of the Pakistan International Airlines in judicial custody in a case pertaining to financing an act of terrorism.

The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of police had arrested Khalid Yusuf Bari, former PIA engineer, on Sept 21 in Baloch Colony and booked him for allegedly funding the Safoora Goth bus carnage.

The CTD produced the suspect in court upon the expiration of his physical remand, and ATC-III Judge Saleem Raza Baloch sent him to prison on judicial remand till Nov 6.

The judge directed the investigation officer to submit the investigation report on the next date.

A case was registered against the suspect under Section 11-H (fundraising for terrorism) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 at the Baloch Colony police station.

Tahir Hussain Minhas alias Sain, Saad Aziz alias Tin Tin, Asad-ur-Rehman alias Malik, Hafiz Nasir alias Yasir and Muhammad Azhar Ishrat alias Majid have been booked and arrested for allegedly killing 45 people of the Shia Ismaili community in an armed attack on their bus near Safoora Goth on May 13.

Several suspects are being investigated for allegedly facilitating the assailants by providing funds, weapons, transport and accommodation.

Remand extended

The same court extended the police remand of a suspect for allegedly financing terrorism.

The CTD arrested Sheeba Ahmed, said to be a former employee of the Pakistan Air Force and associated with a religious organisation, in Defence on Sept 21 for financing the Safoora Goth bus carnage suspects and also funding the Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS).

The police produced the suspect in court and sought an extension in his custody for further questioning. The court extended the remand for a couple of weeks by granting the police request.

The suspect is associated with some chemicals business in Pakistan and neighbouring countries.

Published in Dawn, October 31st, 2015

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