Farhat Abbas Saleem

SARGODHA

In a sectarian riots case of district Bhakkar in which 8 people were killed, an anti-terrorism court on Wednesday awarded death sentences to nine convicts and 350 years rigorous imprisonment to five others including Chief Patron of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat Punjab Abdul Hameed Khalid.

However, the court released 173 accused on benefit of doubt. The court also imposed fine on all convicts to pay Rs150 million collectively to families of the deceased.

Anti-Terrorism Special Court for Sargodha Division Judge Mohammad Akmal Khan announced the decision of 2 sectarian riots case which occurred in Bhakkar on August 23, 2013 in which 8 people - 6 from one group and 2 of other group - were killed. The convicts include Ghulam Qamar, Sajawal, Ejaz, Rajab Ali, Syed Imran, Niaz Hussain, Arif Hussain, Rana Tufail and Muhammad Zubair. The other five convicts are Moulana Abdul Hameed Khalid, Manzoor, Abdul Ghafoor Haqani, Pervaiz Iqbal and Jalees Ahmed Khan.

The court released 173 accused on giving them the benefit of doubt. All convicts were shifted to Mianwali Jail from ATC court in strict security while stringent security measures had been chalked out during the announcement of the decision.