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Two sentenced to death for planning to attack Sindh Assembly at RAW’s orders

Three others sentenced to life for involvement in planned attack

The antiterrorism court on Wednesday sentenced two men to death for planning terrorist attacks on key government installations at the orders of Indian intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) in 2021.

The court found Zahidullah alias Suleiman, who was believed to be the would-be suicide bomber, his handler Col Bismillah alias Haji Lala of Afghan intelligence, Mohammad Qasim alias Haji Siddiq, Inamullah alias Bilal and Gul Mohammad guilty. The court said they were planning terrorist attacks, were in possession of explosives and illicit arms and engaged in an encounter with law enforcement personnel in Shah Latif Town on Feb 8, 2021.

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On Wednesday, the ATC-XII judge, handed down death sentences to Zahidullah and Bismillah on the count of “waging a war against Pakistan”. Moreover, they were ordered to pay a fine of Rs1 million each.

The judge sentenced all five accused to life imprisonment on counts of collecting arms with intention to wage a war against the state, conspiring to wage war and committing acts of terrorism. They were also sentenced to life imprisonment for possessing explosives.

Additionally, they were sentenced to 14-year imprisonment each for possessing unlicensed weapons used in the offence. The judge sentenced them to an additional collective sentence of 14-year imprisonment on the counts of encounter and attempt to murder.

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