ATC awards death sentence to three accused


A Lahore Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Friday sentenced three accused to death on 23 counts, after being found guilty of attacking sensitive buildings.

Police on Friday presented the accused, Abid Akram, Shabbir Ahmed and Sarfaraz Ahmed, before the ATC in connection to attacks made on 15 buildings.

During the hearing, the prosecution told the court that the accused were responsible for attacks on police buildings and an intelligence agency, and there is concrete evidence available against them.

The counsels of the accused denied the charges and claimed that the police do not have any solid evidence. They requested the court to acquit their clients.

The ATC, after listening to arguments from both the sides, handed death sentences to the three accused, on 23 counts.

The court also ordered the culprits to pay Rs. 500,000 each to the heirs of those killed in the attacks.

Back in 2009, at least 23 people were killed and several others injured in attacks made on police officers along with an intelligence agency.