RAWALPINDI - An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) was informed on Thursday that students of Maulana Samiul Haq’s Darul Uloom Haqqania Akora Khattak were involved in the murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

FIA Peshawar Inspector Naseer Ahmed and Sub-Inspector Adnan appeared before the court and informed about the involvement of Haqqania students in the killing of Benazir Bhutto. Both the state witnesses also presented related evidence to support their statements.

Head of Madrassa Haqqania Akora Khattak also recorded his statement. The prosecution also cross-examined the witness. The court adjourned the hearing till March 2 by summoning two more prosecution witnesses. ATC Rawalpindi Number 1 Special Judge Pervaiz Ismail Joya held the proceedings.

In his statement, Madrassa Haqqania head Maulana Wisal Ahmed said suspected suicide bomber Abdullah alias Saddam, Nadir alias Qari Ismail, Rasheed Ahmad alias Turrabi and Faiz Muhammad were students of Darul Ulooom along with the suspects who were held by law enforcement agencies on account of launching attack on a bus transporting employees of Pakistan Air Force (PAF).

He said the madrassah has nothing to do with their actions as they left Haqqania after completing their education.

On the occasion, an accused Abdul Rasheed alias Turrabi argued that they had never been students of the Darul Uloom Haqqania while refuting Maulana Wisal Ahmed’s statement. Turrabi said “I had never been enrolled as student in Madrassa Haqqania Akora Khattak.” However, Maulana Wisal produced madrassa’s record containing their registration and roll numbers before the court.

Judge Pervaiz Ismail Joya ordered making the record as part of the case. The defence lawyer completed cross-examination of Maulana Wisal. The ATC No 1 adjourned the hearing in BB murder case till March 15 besides issuing notices to two more prosecution witnesses to appear before the court to get their statements recorded.

FIA Special Public Prosecutor Ch Azhar while talking to The Nation said ATC recorded statement of Maulana Wisal bringing total number of witnesses to 46.

He said the court also ordered Inspector Azhar Shah and SP Moeen Masood to face the court on next hearing. He said earlier FIA Peshawar Inspector Naseer Khan and his subordinate SI Adnan Khan told the court that they had recovered the educational records of the two accused from Madrassa Haqqania.

Besides, Javed Safdar, counsel for former president Musharraf, the court proceeding was attended by former CPO Syed Saud Aziz, former SP Rawal Division Khurram Shehzad, who were accused in the high profile case and on bail and the five accused in BB murder case along with their lawyers.