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KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court acquitted on Wednesday five accused, alleged to be agents of the Indian spy agency, in cases pertaining to anti-state activities, explosives and illicit weapons for want of evidence.

The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) claimed to have arrested Muhammad Shafiq Khan alias Pappu, an employee of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board, Abdul Jabbar alias Zafar Tension, Mohsin Khan alias Kashif, Khalid Aman alias Dad and Adil Ansari in August 2015 in Gulistan-i-Jauhar for allegedly working for the Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), getting training in India, being involved in terrorism and anti-state activities as well as carrying explosives and weapons.

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After recording evidence of witnesses and concluding arguments from both sides, the judge of ATC-I, who conducted the trial after amalgamating all the cases, exonerated the accused persons of all charges for lack of evidence.

A judicial magistrate had recorded the confessional statement of accused Khalid Aman under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code in 2015.

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