SC acquits suicide bombing accused over lack of evidence


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday acquitted Nadim Hussain, who was serving life imprisonment for being allegedly involved in suicide bombing, giving him benefit of doubt.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khan Khosa and comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed heard the case.

During  the case proceedings, the chief justice remarked that the lower courts did not examine evidences properly.

The counsel said that two suicide attacks were held outside Pakistan Naval War College Lahore. He said that three people were killed while 18 were injured in the incident.

The chief justice remarked that such a big incident occurred as two suicide bombers blew themselves up and there was no evidence over the incident. He remarked that blast itself is evidence but the prosecution had no solid evidence against the accused.

He asked the counsel to explain his statement that the accused was a shop owner and he gave two suicide jackets to unknown persons. He remarked that if court accepted the evidence of prosecution it seemed that shop of the accused was used during his absence. It seemed like the accused was being dragged in the case, he added.

The chief justice observed that the name of the accused was not mentioned in the First Information Report (FIR) of the incident.

Therefore, the apex court acquitted him.

The trial court had awarded life imprisonment to Nadeem Hussain and the high court also maintained the trial court order. The accused had challenged the high court order in the apex court.