An anti-terrorism court in Karachi acquitted four people from the Safoora bus attack case including notable businessman Zahid Motiwala, who is a leading licensed arms dealer of Pakistan after the police failed to present sufficient evidence against them. Others booked in the case Sultan Qamar Siddiqui, Hussain Umar, and Sajjad Naeem were also found not guilty by the court.
The court ruled that the interim challan submitted by the police in March 2018 was weak and had a lot of mistakes. The court observed that since Zahid Motiwala sells weapons to license holders, he can’t be held responsible for the actions of his customers.
This is yet another example of how police, in order to hide their failure, accuse innocent citizens of heinous crimes. Thousands of innocent people languish in jails across the country, accused of crimes they never committed and due to an overburdened legal system, they spend years if not decades behind bars even without a trial.
In the unfortunate and tragic act of terrorism, forty-six members of the Ismaili community were killed when gunmen attacked their bus near Safoora Goth in Karachi in 2015.