Pakistan releases 3 RAW agents for lack of evidence

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Karachi: At least three Pakistani men, alleged to be ‘spies’ of India’s external intelligence agency the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW or RAW), have been acquitted by an anti-terrorism court in Karachi citing lack of evidence in five cases relating to carrying explosives and illegal weapons today.

According to Pakistan based news paper, Tahir, alias Lamba, Junaid Khan and Imtiaz have been booked for allegedly carrying explosive materials and unlicensed weapons in a Malir locality in April last year.

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Police had alleged that the men belonged to Muttahida Qaumi Movement-a Karachi-based political party claiming to represent Mohajirs (Urdu-speaking people of Sindh province)-and were trained by the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW).

MQM is the single-largest party in Karachi and has dominated its political landscape for years, but since a “clean-up” operation began on the orders of the federal government, the political party has come under pressure.

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Judge Abdul Naeem Memon of Anti-Terrorism Court-VI, who conducted the trial inside the central prison, exonerated the accused, saying the prosecution was unable to establish their cases against the accused beyond any shadow of the doubt, the report said.

They disclosed that Imtiaz, who was arrested by Rangers at MQM headquarters Nine-Zero in March 2015, had provided the explosives and asked them to keep them, it added.

Later, Imtiaz was also shown arrested in the main case of explosive material. Three explosives and two illicit weapons cases were registered against them.

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The court directed the jail authorities to release the three men if they were not wanted in any other criminal case.