Three accused identified in Turabi murder case
A policeman who along with other security men was escorting the vehicle of Allama Hasan Turabi when the latter was killed in a blast identified three suspects in an anti-terrorism court on Thursday.Sultan Mahmood alias Saifullah, Mohammad Amin alias Khalid Shaheen, Mohammad Akbar Khan, Mohammad Rehman alias Mani, Ashfaq Qureshi and Raheemullah alias Ali Hasan, who are stated to be associated with banned militants outfits, are charged with masterminding a suicide attack on Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal leader Allama Hasan Turabi on July 14, 2006.Two witnesses appeared before the court and testified during the trial on Thursday.Eyewitness Mohammad Altaf, who was escorting the vehicle along with other policemen, identified Sultan Mahmood, Mohammad Amin and Mohammad Rehman and deposed that he saw them on motorbikes outside the Gulshan-i-Iqbal residence of Allama Hasan Turabi when the vehicle reached there.He testified that a man posing as a beggar then appeared and tried to approach Allama Turabi. As a victim’s nephew tried to stop the ‘beggar’ he blew himself up, the witness said, adding that the three accused disappeared after the blast.
Inspector Moinuddin, the other witness, deposed that the CID police had arrested accused Raheemullah alias Ali Hasan in some other cases and he accompanied the investigation officer who arrested the accused in the Turabi murder case, adding that he was a witness to the memo of arrest.According to the prosecution, Sindh chief of the Tehrik-i-Islami and provincial vice-president of the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal Allama Hasan Turabi and his young nephew Ali Turabi were killed in a suicide blast outside his Gulshan-i-Iqbal residence on July 14, 2006. Three police guards and a woman were also injured in the blast. The alleged suicide bomber was later identified as Abdul Karim.
The case (FIR No 332/2006) was registered under Sections 302, 324, 427, 109, 120 and 34 of the Pakistan Penal Code and Sections 3 and 5 of the Explosive Substance Act read with Section 7 of the Anti-terrorism Act, 1997 at the Sachal police station on the complaint of Shafaat Hussain.The same accused were charged in another case with planting a remote-controlled explosive device in a cart on Abul Hasan Ispahani Road to kill Hasan Turabi on his way home within the remit of the Mubina Town police station on April 6, 2006. Allama Hasan Turabi escaped unhurt in the attempt.The case (FIR No 85/2006) was registered under Sections 324, 427, 109, 120 and 34 of the PPC and Sections 3 and 5 of the Explosive Substance Act read with Section 7 of the ATA at the Mubina Town police station on the complaint of Mohammad Ali Shah. Justice Anand Ram Hotwani of ATC-III, who is conducting the trial of both cases inside the central prison, adjourned the hearing till April 14 for further evidence