Pak Taliban chief Mehsud declared proclaimed offender in Sherpao attack case

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Baitullah MehsudPeshawar, Oct 23 : An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has declared Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Baitullah Mehsud and two of his commanders as proclaimed offenders (POs), in connection with suicide attack on Pakistan People’s Party-Sherpao chief Aftab Khan Sherpao in Charsadda last year.

The court also issued non-bailable warrants in the name of the three.

Peshawar Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) judge Shamshir Ali Khan fixed October 24 as the date of hearing against TTP activist Mohammad Saeed in the April 28, 2007 attack that had killed 34 people.

The Police had arrested Charsadda resident Saeed after the blast and charged Mehsud and his two commanders, Shahjehan and Zubeer Swati.

The ATC judge had issued notices to Mehsud and his accomplices to appear before the court, but they did not respond. Previously, the Rawalpindi ATC judge had also issued non-bailabale arrest warrants against Mehsud and three of his associates for their alleged involvement in the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

The Punjab Law Department has sent the warrants to the FATA secretary for further action. The Rawalpindi ATC had also issued non-bailable warrants against Mehsud and four associates— Ikramullah, Faiz Ahmad, Qari Nazir and Qari Ismail — for alleged involvement in last year’s bombing of a police picket at Rawalpindi’s Golf Road and an Army Medical College bus near the General Headquarters. (ANI)