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ATC acquits 6 facilitators of 2017 Peshawar ATI terror attack

ATC acquits 6 facilitators of 2017 Peshawar ATI terror attack. The anti-terrorism court pronounced verdict today on Wednesday.
The court acquitted the alleged facilitating of the 2017 attack on Peshawar’s Agriculture Training Institute (ATI).

Background of the terror attack

On December 1, 2017, three burqa-clad terrorists stormed the ATI hostel near Peshawar’s University Road. They killed nine people and injured 37 others.

Police and military officials said the attackers had been coordinating with handlers in Afghanistan.
Outlawed Deobandi takfiri terrorist outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for that attack.

Later, Police arrested nine alleged terrorists following the attack. The first information report registered against the attack included 16 nominated accused.

Most importantly, the evidence that connects them with the militants lacked hence the court had to acquit them.

After that hearings of the case began on July 10, 2018. Then came indictment of the accused on July 21, 2018. 29 witnesses including injured students recorded their statements.

The police charged them with aiding, abetting, preparation, planning and facilitating the attackers that orchestrated that terror attack.

Furthermore, ATC III judge Mehmoodul Hassan Khattak pronounced the short order reserved a few weeks ago. The order acquitted six suspects nominated in the case, including a woman.

Most importantly, the evidence that connects them with the militants lacked hence the court had to acquit them.

Moreover, the defence lawyer Shabbir Hussain Gigyani said court acquitted them due to lack of evidence.

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