KARACHI - Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday acquitted two accused, allegedly involved in the bomb blast which took place outside Karachi Sheraton Hotel in 2002, killing several persons, including 11 French engineers. A division bench of the SHC comprising Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Bin Yameen declared the punishment awarded to Muhammad Rizwan and Asif Zaheer null and void. They, along with their co-accused Sohail, had been sentenced 15 times death penalty besides 45 years imprisonment each, for their involvement in the bomb blast. Earlier, a bench comprising Justice Qaisar Iqbal and Justice Mehmood Alam Rizvi had reserved the verdict over their appeal on the plea that there was insufficient evidence. Both were allegedly affiliated to a banned outfit, Harkat-ul-Ansaar. It may be recalled here that a bus blown up in May 2002 at Sheraton Hotel in the blast killing 13 people including 11 French engineers. The engineers were working on the construction of Augusta submarine at Karachi Dockyard. After an ATC awarded capital punishment to the accused, they had filed appeals in Anti Terrorism Appellate bench of the Sindh High Court against the verdict.