ATC acquits 15 suspects in Ziarat residency attack case


QUETTA: An anti-terrorism court in Quetta on Monday acquitted 15 suspects in the Ziarat residency attack case due to lack of evidence.

The verdict was reserved on October 4.

On June 15, 2013, militants attacked the Quaid-e-Azam residency in Ziarat with hand grenades and completely destroying the historical monument where the founder of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Jinnah spent his last days. A police man outside the Quaid’s residency was also killed in the attack.

Bomb disposal squad at that time had also claimed to have defused six more bombs planted inside the residency. The residency was rebuilt and later inaugurated on August 14, 2014 by the government.

The founding father of the country, Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, had spent last days of his life in Ziarat at the historic wooden structure.

Ziarat is considered a tourist point in Balochistan province. A large number of tourists used to visit the town and the memorials of the Quaid every summer.