An anti-terrorism court (ATC) acquitted on Monday Allama Sibtain Kazmi, who was falsely named in the killing of banned ASWJ’s ringleader Azam Tariq who was shot dead in Islamabad in 2003.
Allama Kazmi, a senior scholar and leader of Allama Sajid Naqvi-led party was arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency from Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad on May 11, 2017 while en route to UK and was since undergoing trial in the ATC. The Monday judgment of the ATC vindicated the stance of Shia Muslims of Pakistan their religious scholars and mainstream parties have never been involved in any sort of terrorism or criminal activities.
Tariq was shot dead in October 2003 on the outskirts of Islamabad while he was returning from Jhang.
It was amazing that Azam Tariq, a leader of the banned terrorist outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (ASWJ), mother wing of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, was allowed to become a member of the Parliament from behind the bars.
A case was registered by Tariq’s brother at Golra Police Station in which he named Allama Kazmi as the primary suspect because of Shia Muslims stiff opposition to terrorism-based ideology to Azam Tariq. Following this, the government that had never punished any leader of the banned terrorist group of Azam Tariq, had also announced a reward of Rs1 million for his arrest.