Islamabad: An anti-terrorism court on Thursday
acquitted nine suspects linked to a suicide attack that killed
a general of the Pakistan Army and several others in February
Judge Raja Ikhlaq Hussain of the Rawalpindi-based
anti-terrorism court acquitted the accused due to lack of
The prosecution had alleged that the suspects were
involved in the suicide attack that killed Lt Gen Mushtaq
Ahmed Baig, the Director General of Medical Services, on
February 25, 2008.
Seven others, including the general`s driver and
bodyguard, also lost their lives in the attack.
The prosecution had also alleged that the suspects
Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Naeem Shakir, Zeeshan Jalil, Mohammad Sarfraz, Faisal Ahmed Khan, Mohammad Nadeem, Abdur Razzaq, Muhammad Rizwan and Osama Nazir were linked to another
suicide attack on a bus of an intelligence agency on February
However, the judge ruled that the prosecution had
failed to produce any evidence to back up its charges.
The verdict came a week after another anti-terrorism
court in Rawalpindi acquitted four suspects accused of
involvement in the 2008 suicide car bombing of the five-star
Marriott Hotel that killed nearly 60 people.
In that case too, the judge ruled that the prosecution
had failed to produce any evidence against the accused.