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ATC dismisses bail pleas of 26 MQM men in Nine-Zero arms recovery case

April 12, 2019

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Thursday dismissed bail application of as many as 26 activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in a case pertaining to the recovery of illegal arms during a raid at the MQM headquarters, Nine-Zero.

MQM activists Faisal, alias Mota, Ubaid, alias K-2, Shakeel and others were arrested by the Rangers on March 11, 2015 following a raid at Nine-Zero in the Azizabad area of the city. The Rangers seized huge cache of illegal arms and ammunition from the Nine-Zero area.

The applicants’ counsel submitted that they had been falsely implicated in the case as the Rangers had found licensed weapons at Nine-Zero. The counsel informed the ATC that the suspects were arrested from their houses and no weapon was recovered from their possession.

A special prosecutor opposed the bail applications and submitted that the prosecution had sufficient evidence to prove its case against the accused. He requested the court to dismiss the application.

After hearing the arguments, the ATC observed that case of bail was not made out and dismissed the bail applications.

Suspect remanded

The administrative judge of ATCs in Karachi remanded a suspected terrorist to police custody in a case pertaining to the possession of explosive substance.

Mohammad Ishaq was arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Department and explosive material was found in his possession. The police claimed that the suspect belonged to a banned militant organisation and was involved in bank robberies and kidnappings for ransom. The judge sent the suspect to police remand and directed the investigation officer to submit an investigation report by April 15.