Islamabad: A Pakistani anti-terrorism
court has acquitted a man charged with involvement in a 2008
suicide attack in the federal capital that killed 19 people
and injured nearly 30 others.
The Rawalpindi-based anti-terrorism court of Judge
Malik Mohammad Akram Awan acquitted Qari Ilyas yesterday due
to the prosecution`s failure to produce evidence linking him
to the attack.
Ilyas was charged with involvement in the suicide
attack near Islamabad`s Melody Market on July 6, 2008.
The bomber blew himself up near a police picket after
the conclusion of a meeting to mark the first anniversary of
the storming of the radical Lal Masjid by the army.
Most of those who died in the attack were policemen.
Reports said two key prosecution witnesses had refused
to testify against Ilyas.
Ilyas and eight other men were earlier absolved of
charges of plotting another suicide attack that killed the
Pakistan Army`s surgeon general in February 2008.
Police had said Ilyas, a resident of Chakwal in
Punjab, was a hardened militant and had been seen directing
the suicide bomber just before the attack near Melody Market
in July 2008.