islamabad - A division bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) Tuesday turned down an appeal against the acquittal of Shia Ulema Council leader Allama Sajid Naqvi from the charges of abetment in the murder of former Sipah-e-Sihaba leader Maulana Azam Tariq.

In this regard, the IHC dual bench comprising Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi and Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui upheld the decision of an anti-terrorism court (ATC) that had exonerated Allama Sajid Naqvi and Amanullah Seyyal from the charges of abetment to the crime on November 27, 2004. Azam Tariq’s brother Alim Tariq had moved the appeal through his counsel Basharatullah Khan Advocate against the acquittal of Sajid Naqvi and Amanullah Seyyal but IHC also dismissed the same.

Zulfiqar Abbasi Naqvi Advocate, the counsel for Allama Sajid Naqvi, contended before the court that no abetment and hatching conspiracy for the murder of Azam Tariq was proved against his client before the trial ATC and consequently ATC had exonerated him from the charges.

The petitioner Alim Tariq had also filed another appeal against the acquittal of two other persons namely Muddassar Ali and Muhammad Ali who were tried at ATC for their actual involvement in the murder of Azam Tariq. His counsel adopted before the IHC that the two said were arrested on February 19, 2007 and witnesses of the case identified the two in identification parade. He added that despite this fact, the ATC had acquitted Muddassar Ali and Muhammad Ali.

In this particular matter, the IHC dual bench admitted appeal for hearing and issued notices to the said two persons and deferred the hearing for further proceedings with date in office. The head of Sipah-e-Sihaba Azam Tariq was murdered on October 06, 2003 in Islamabad and the murder case was registered at Golra police station of the federal capital.