08 March 2023 :

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on 7 March 2023 convict­ed three more accused persons involved in Johar Town bomb blast case.
The court handed down the death sentence on nine counts to accused-Samiul Haq, Uzair Akbar and Naveed Akhtar- in the case. The court also or­dered forfeiture of their properties besides award­ing rigorous imprisonment and imposing fine.
ATC Judge Abher Gul Khan convicted the ac­cused on proving charges against them. The court conducted the trial proceedings through video link due to security reasons.
The court recorded statements of 60 prosecu­tion witnesses during the proceedings whereas fo­rensic evidence and CCTV footage were also made part of the record.
The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) had filed the challan (charge sheet) against three ac­cused. The CTD declared the accused- Samiul Haq and facilitators Uzair Akbar and Naveed Akhtar, guilty in the challan. The CTD had requested the court for awarding strict punishment to the ac­cused as sufficient evidence was available against them. The CTD had registered the case against the accused under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act and Sections 302, 336, 186 and others of the Paki­stan Penal Code.
The ATC had already handed down death sen­tences to four accused in the matter, besides awarding five years imprisonment to a female ac­cused.
On 23 June 2021 a powerful blast in Johar Town killed three people and injured 24 others, including a police constable.


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