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3 acquitted of terror charges

September 19, 2012


RAWALPINDI, Sept 18: An anti-terrorism court here on Tuesday acquitted all the three accused persons in two high-profile terrorist attack cases of the federal capital due to poor investigation and lack of evidence.

Judge Rana Masood Akhtar observed that the prosecution could not prove its case against Noor Jehan, Rehmat Gul and Jamshed Khan in the United Nations World Food Programme and the naval headquarter terrorist attack cases.

According to the prosecution, Noor Jehan and Rehmat Gul were allegedly involved in the naval complex terrorist attack and also in the UN office terror strike along with Jamshed Khan.

Over 20 prosecution witnesses were presented before the court in both the cases.

Syed Mohammad Tayyab, the special prosecutor, said the prosecution brought all the important witnesses and available evidence in the court during the trial of the accused.

In March 2010, the police arrested Jamshed, Rehmat Gul and Noor Jehan for allegedly planning attacks on the naval complex and the UN office at sector F-8.

The UN office was struck in October 2009 in which five staffers were killed.

An incident that sent shockwaves throughout the world and especially people living in the capital. It came as a shock as to how someone could penetrate such a well guarded facility in the city.

After that all UN missions in Pakistan had to beef up their security and place huge cemented blocks in front of their offices.

The attack had also undermined efforts of other international organisations working in the country.

Many international organisations followed suit and had to beef up their security as a result of the attacks.

And even today despite of all the security measures the threat of more attacks remain.

The accused were also allegedly involved in planning attacks on important buildings in the city.