KARACHI - Additional District and Sessions Judge (East) Obaid Ahmed Khan on Wednesday exonerated Mohajir Qaumi Movement MQM (Haqiqi) chairman Afaq Ahmed from illegal weapons possession case. The court announced the verdict after hearing final arguments advanced by both the counsels and testifying witnessed produced by the prosecution. The court found Ahmed innocent in a case filed under Section 13-E of the CRPC. The case alleged that the arms recovered by the Defence Police from an activist of MQM-Haqiqi were supplied by Ahmed. However the court ruled that the evidence submitted was not sufficient to link the suspect to the recovered weapons. Earlier, the court had deferred the judgment in the said arms case. The trial was conducted inside the Central Prison Karachi owing to security reasons. According to the prosecution, the Landhi Police arrested a man identified as Nazimuddin alias Kala on August 5, 2004, and booked him in an FIR (No 101/2004) under Section 13-D of the Arms Ordinance. During investigation, the accused disclosed that Afaq Ahmed called him to Defence, where he handed him an iron box, which he was asked to conceal in a shop adjoining house no 431 in C-Area, Landhi. The box contained weapons, which Ahmed allegedly said would be used when required. Following the judgment, Speaking to journalists after the verdict, Ahmed said that he will enter an appeal against an earlier verdict announced against him for the murder of MQM activist Muhammad Farooq in 1992. Ahmed also said that the current environment of political reconciliation must continue but stressed that there is no possibility of unity between MQM Haqiqi and Muttahida Qaumi Movement. About the Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa issue, he said that the issue should be resolve with the consensus and all the stakeholders should be onboard in this regard. To a query about the upcoming local bodies election, he said that his party would contest the polls and would negotiate with other political forces for seat to seat adjustment. It is to be noted that earlier, the court had sentenced him and chairman of another faction of Haqiqi Amir Khan to life in prison in a kidnapping-cum-murder case of a MQM worker.