Sufi Muhammad acquitted
08 October, 2013
PESHAWAR: Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) heard Teemaer Garah case at central jail on Monday and acquitted Tehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM) chief Sufi Muhammad due to lack of evidence against him.
Cases under Section 505, 16 MPO, 124 were registered against Sufi Muhammad in 2001 for interfering in state affairs. Sufi Muhammad had been acquitted earlier in three cases of Mingora and one of Matta.
Thirteen cases were registered against Sufi Muhammad while he has been acquitted in five cases.
Sufi Muhammad has mostly remained under detention during the last decade and the successive governments did not conduct trial against him.
Initially, he was arrested in Kurram Agency in December 2001 on his return from Afghanistan where he had gone to lead around 10,000 people in the fight against American forces.
He was tried and sentenced under several sections of PPC and Frontier Crimes Regulation by the relevant political agent. Sufi Muhammad was released under an agreement on April 21, 2008.
It followed another peace agreement between TNSM and the government in February 2009. However, it failed to restore peace in Malakand division. Later, security forces re-arrested Sufi Muhammad on July 26, 2009 along with his three sons.