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Islamabad court attack might be an ‘inside job’: SC

* Justice Saeed says possibility of nexus between insiders and terrorists cannot be ruled out * Court directs interior secretary to set up new JIT for inquiry
Islamabad court attack might be an ‘inside job’: SC
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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday expressed the apprehension that the gun-and-bomb attack at a court complex in the capital might have been an inside job.
Hearing the suo motu case of the terrorist attack, Justice Azmat Saeed said that the “possibility of nexus between insiders of court and terrorists can not be ruled out”. A two-member bench of the court presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani conducted suo motu hearing of the F8 court attack case. The court directed the political personalities to not give any statement on the incident, as their statements can influence the investigation process. 
The court expressed dissatisfaction over the reports submitted by IG police and Islamabad chief commissioner and ordered the interior secretary to conduct an independent probe into the attack. It said the Islamabad police should not be made part of the inquiry committee. IG, Islamabad chief commissioner, chief secretaries of all the four provinces and district and sessions judge East and West presented their reports during Monday’s hearing. The IG Islamabad said in his report that two terrorists attacked the Islamabad district courts, while the report presented by the chief secretary said that the attackers were more than two in number. 
The deputy commissioner conducted an inquiry into this incident and recorded statements of 154 witnesses. The Supreme Court expressed dissatisfaction over the reports submitted by the IG Islamabad and Islamabad chief commissioner and declared the report presented by IG Islamabad incomplete. Justice Jillani remarked, “It has not been told in the report if there was any security plan with regard to district kutchery or otherwise. It has also not been told if the attackers were chased or not. Nothing was also said if any step was taken to intercept the attackers or not.”
He said the chief commissioner’s report also did not mention the number of attackers. The court ordered the Islamabad IG to submit an additional report within two days. Justice Azmat Saeed remarked, “It could not be ascertained how many attackers were involved in the attack and what would the police do. IG Islamabad and chief commissioner’s reports run contrary to each other.” Meanwhile, the chief justice said, “If this is the security situation in Islamabad then what will be the condition of security in other parts of the country!”
Col Safdar, a brother of additional sessions judge Rafaqat Awan who was killed in the attack, and reader Khalid Noon also appeared in the court. Noon told the court that ASP AR Aziz kept on harassing him for 18 to 20 hours and he was told that he should give a statement otherwise he would be charged under Section 302. The CJP asked him to tell the truth without fear. Noon said that he is being asked to state that Rafaqat Awan was fired upon from inside the court while he saw the attackers firing on the judge. 
Meanwhile, Col Safdar said, “The reader’s statement is based on falsehood. No one attacked Rafaqat Awan and he was shot from inside the chamber. No attacker fired upon him from outside. Four bullets were shot in the chamber of the judge.” The chief justice said the court shared his grief but he is not an eyewitness of the incident. While rejecting the plea for registration of a separate FIR in the F8 court attack the court remarked that whosoever records a statement about the attack it will be binding on the police to bring it on record. 

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