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June 28, 2011

ATC to indict Sufi Mohammad on July 18


June 28, 2011

PESHAWAR: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) here Monday fixed July 18 for indicting Maulana Sufi Mohammad, chief of the outlawed Tanzim Nifaz Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM) and other 24 activists in a case concerning the killing of 11 police and Frontier Corps (FC) personnel registered over 16 years ago in Swat.
According to the first information report, the TNSM activists attacked the Kabal Police Station in 1994 resulting in the killing of 11 persons including two policemen and nine FC personnel. The FIR was registered under sections 302, 307, 148, 149, 353 and 120 B of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).
The trial of Maulana Sufi Mohammad in different cases of terrorism is being conducted inside the Central Prison Peshawar for security reasons. Source close to the trial in the prison told The News that when the anti-terrorism court Swat judge Asim Imam started hearing the five cases against the TNSM chief and his activists, the presence of the accused persons was complete in one case only.
The judge after completion of the accused persons’ presence fixed July 18 to indict the TNSM chief and more than two dozens activists in the killings of the police and FC personnel. In the other four cases, the accused persons were not present and the judge adjourned the hearings to July 25.
The sources said the Detective Foot Constable (DFC) informed the judge that several accused persons including Fazal, Jan Muhammad, Behram, Amjad Ali, Gulab and Abdul Qayyum were absconder in these cases. He also presented report of the late accused persons in the court and said that four activists including Habibullah, Ali Bakht, Zahir Shah and Muhammad Kamal had died.
Earlier on June 20, the ATC court indicted Maulana Sufi Mohammad and the TNSM activists in two other cases registered at the Matta police station in Swat in 1994.
In one case the Maulana and some of his associates were charged with attacking the police station which had resulted in injuries to 13 policemen.

the other case registered at the same police station in 1995, Maulana Sufi Mohammad was charged with hatching a criminal conspiracy against the state.
In that case he was charged under Section 120-B PPC, Section 16 of MPO and Section 7 of the Anti Terrorism Act.
Most of the cases against the TNSM chief were registered in 1994 onwards when the organisation had stepped up its movement for the enforcement of Shariah in Malakand division.
During the same period, thousands of TNSM activists had blocked the Peshawar-Swat Highway at the Malakand Top for several days.
Later, its armed supporters had occupied several government installations in Swat and made government and police officials hostage. To dislodge them, the then government had launched military operation using the Frontier Corps troops.
One of the cases was registered at the Mingora Police Station and it pertained to the murder of an MPA of PPP, Badiuzzaman, at a hotel in Swat allegedly by TNSM activists.

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