15 of 33 accused in Ziarat Residency attack case acquitted

Published October 15, 2019
On June 15, 2013, the historic Quaid-i-Azam Ziarat Residency was set alight in an arson attack by militants. — AFP/File
On June 15, 2013, the historic Quaid-i-Azam Ziarat Residency was set alight in an arson attack by militants. — AFP/File

QUETTA: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) here on Monday acquitted 15 accused in the Ziarat Residency terrorist attack case.

ATC judge Rahim Daad Khilji pronounced the verdict acquitting 15 of the 33 people nominated in the first information report (FIR) for lack of evidence against them.

Advocates Mumtaz, Shoukat Rakhshani and Jaffar Awan represented the accused.

Thirteen of the 15 acquitted persons were already on bail, while two were in prison.

Nawabzada Hairbyair Marri and 14 others are still at large

Nawabzada Hairbyair Marri and 14 other accused nominated in the FIR have not been arrested so far. They have yet to face trial.

On June 15, 2013, the historic Quaid-i-Azam Ziarat Residency was set alight in an arson attack by militants.

The outlawed Balochistan Liberation Army had claimed responsibility for the attack.

The then provincial government, headed by chief minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, rebuilt and restored the Ziarat Residency to its original shape. The rebuilt residency was inaugurated on Aug 14, 2014.

Published in Dawn, October 15th, 2019

Opinion

Game changing bombast
Updated 14 Oct 2021

Game changing bombast

The government has nothing more than an MoU to ‘seek a commitment’ to conduct a set of feasibility studies.
Apples & melons
14 Oct 2021

Apples & melons

Why compare prices at home with indices elsewhere?
System’s widening cracks
Updated 13 Oct 2021

System’s widening cracks

The weakening of the democratic process and worsening governance will further increase the imbalance.

Editorial

One big mess
14 Oct 2021

One big mess

At its core, the tension is the result of blurring of institutional boundaries witnessed since the PTI government came to power.
Tareen’s admission
Updated 14 Oct 2021

Tareen’s admission

PRIME MINISTER Imran Khan’s estranged friend Jahangir Khan Tareen has finally confirmed what has long been alleged...
14 Oct 2021

Dengue outbreak

DENGUE cases continue to rise at an alarming rate in several cities of KP and Punjab. According to data provided by...
13 Oct 2021

Water-sharing row

SINDH’S rejection of the federal offer to revisit the Water Apportionment Accord of 1991 betrays the province’s...
Right and wrong
Updated 13 Oct 2021

Right and wrong

The TTP’s acts of terror should not be framed in a manner that may accord it an ounce of legitimacy.
13 Oct 2021

DNA evidence for rape

THE refusal by a sessions court in Karachi to consider DNA tests as evidence in the retrial of the Mazar-i-Quaid...