KARACHI: The anti-terrorism court (ATC) was sentenced to death on Monday two convicted men for their involvement in the 2017 Sehwan Sharif bomb blast.
The ATC-16 announced the verdict against Nadir Ali and Furqan at the Karachi Central Prison, which subsequently gave Ali a life sentence for possessing ammunition and explosives. The court has also fined the two convicted persons.
According to police, the defendant was identified by eyewitnesses and court judge Mushtaq Ali Jokhio through CCTV footage.
The explosion at the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan Sharif killed 82 people and injured hundreds of others on February 16, 2017. The convicts reportedly recited the temple with suicide bombers the day before the explosion.
In his statement in court, Jokhio had identified Ali and said that he had confessed to facilitating the terrorists. The convict told the judge that he had rented a room in Sehwan the day before the explosion, while also examining the grave of Lal Shahbaz Qalander from inside to make the bombing successful.
Temple officials also identified the convicts, claiming that they had seen them congratulate each other in the parking lot.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 19th, 2020.