Saturday, January 31, 2009

Nine suspected terrorists remanded in police custody

ATC extends remand of alleged blasphemer for three days

By Imran Asghar

RAWALPINDI: The Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) No II on Friday sent nine suspected terrorists on a 14-day judicial remand to Adiala Jail for identification parade and directed the police to present them before the court on February 12.

Saddar Barroni Police brought nine terror suspects identified as Muhammad Ilyas alias Qari of Tala Kang, Muhammad Rizwan alias Shamsul Haq of Karachi, Dr Abdul Razaq of Lahore, Faisal Ahmed Khan of Bakhar, Zeshan Jaleel alias Adnan of Karachi, Muhammad Sarfaraz alias Muhammad Khan of Karachi, Muhammad Naeem Shakir alias Zubair of Sheikupura, Muhammad Nadeem alias Ayubi of Rawalpindi and Usama Bin Waheed alias Hadyyatullah of Purana Bakhar, in armored personnel carrier to the district courts.

The elite force personnel, anti-terrorists force and police were guarding the courtroom and reporters were not allowed to cover the court proceedings.

Saddar Barroni Police Station House Officer (SHO) Raja Musaddaq informed the court that suspects were arrested on January 29 and they had revealed their alleged involvement in various terrorist attacks. He sought a 14-day judicial remand of the suspects for their identification parade at Adiala Jail.

Upon this, the court granted their judicial remand and directed the police to present the suspects before it on February 12. The police have claimed that the terror suspects had revealed their alleged involvement in five different high profile terrorism cases including suicide bomb attack near NLC building in the jurisdiction of RA Bazaar Police Station, which occurred on February 4, 2008 in which the bus of Medical Core was targeted.

The police said that suspects also revealed their involvement in another suicide bomb attack in which Lt. General Mushtaq Baig was targeted, which occurred in the jurisdiction of the same police station on February 25 last year.

The police also claimed that suspects were also involved in bomb blasts at police party in Melody Market Islamabad, bomb blast at Denmark Embassy and the bomb attack of Italian Restaurant and that they were also allegedly planning to carry out attacks on the ceremony of March 23, 2009.

The police recovered 100 kilogrammes of explosive material, 50 detonators, 20 kilogrammes ball bearings, five packs of TCS, four hand grenades, eight pistols and 45 rounds, four sacks of potassium, two bags of caustic soda, 25 electric wires, four motorcycles, a car and other explosive material from their custody.

Meanwhile, the same court further extended a three-day physical remand of an alleged blasphemer and directed RA Bazaar Police to present him before the court on February 2.

The police arrested an alleged blasphemer Hector Haleem, the son of Yaqoob Masseh, on the complaint of Tahir Iqbal, who stated that an unidentified man sent him a blasphemous text message on his mobile phone.

With the help of mobile phone number, the police traced the suspected sender. A case was filed against him under section 295C of the Pakistan Penal Code. The accused was produced before the court after three-day physical remand expired and the police sought extension in his remand to further question him.

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