SHC acquits Safoora Bus Attack ‘financier’

KARACHI, PAKISTAN, MAY 13: Bus seen parked at Memon Hospital, as the six unidentified assailants on motorbikes opened fire on a bus belonging to the Ismaili community in Karachi’s Safora Chowrangi area, leaving at least 43 dead and 24 injured on Wednesday. (S.Imran Ali/PPI Images).

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday acquitted an alleged facilitator of the terrorists involved in the Safoora Goth bus attack.

At least 46 members of the Ismaili community, including women and children, were killed when gunmen attacked their bus near Safoora Goth in May 2015.

The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) in September 2015 had arrested Khalid Yousuf Bari, a former engineer of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and member of a banned group, on charges of providing financial assistance to Saad Aziz, mastermind of the Safoora Bus carnage.

An anti-terrorism court had found Bari guilty of funding the Safoora Bus attack and sentenced him to 10 years imprisonment besides ordering him to pay a fine of Rs1 million. He had then challenged the court’s verdict in the Sindh High Court.