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Quetta ATC acquits 15 accused in multiple bombings case.

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Quetta on Thursday acquitted 15 accused arrested in 2013 over allegations of carrying out bomb explosions over lack of sufficient evidence. ATC-1 Judge Muhammad Dawood Nasar acquitted the accused as police could not provide sufficient evidence before the court.

Human rights activist Jalila Haider and Advocate Mukesh Kohli were counsels for the accused. The children are likely to be released by tomorrow after completion of the legal procedure," said Jalila Haider.

Quetta police hadarrested 15 children in March 2013claiming they were involved in carrying out over 20 bomb explosions in the provincial capital. The news had made headlines in national media and was alsopicked up by international outlets.

The children mdash as young as 11 years old then mdash remained in captivity of police since their arrest. Police had claimed that the children arrested in various raids were associated with the banned United Baloch Army (UBA) and were involved in a series of bomb explosions in the city.

The children remained under trail at ATC Quetta for over five years since their arrest. The court also issued permanent arrest warrants of the five accused in the same case over non-appearance before the court despite repeated notices.

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Publication:Pakistan Today (Lahore, Pakistan)
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Date:Jul 5, 2018
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