Death sentence for five navy officers in Karachi Naval Dockyard attack case

Death sentence for five navy officers in Karachi Naval Dockyard attack case

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-05-24 18:31 Islamabad: A Navy tribunal sentenced five officers to death in connection with the September 6, 2014,Karachi Naval Dockyard attack case. Major (Retd.) Saeed Ahmedsaid that his son Sub-Lieutenant Hammad Ahmedand four other naval officers had been convicted of the Naval Dockyard attack that took place on Defence Day around two years ago, reports Dawn. He said the five were charged with having links with the militant Islamic State group, mutiny, hatching a conspiracy and carrying weapons in the dockyard. However, the attackers were purportedly planning to hijack the warship PNS Zulfiqar to use it in an attack on one of the US Navy's refuel ships. Two militants were killed and four others were apprehended by the security personnel. Saeed said that the naval authorities did not provide his son the right to a fair trial. Saeed further said that he was waiting for the commencement of the trial when someone recently informed him that his son had been shifted to the Karachi Central Prison. The retired army officer came to know about the conclusion of the trial and capital punishment when he went to Karachi and met his son and his four colleagues. He said that naval authorities did not provide him copies of the proceedings of the trial when he approached them for the same. The convict's father said that he would file an appeal against the judgement before the Naval Court of Appeal. He claimed that his son and others had been made scapegoats, as this was not the first time when such security lapses came to light. He said the five officers had been in the navy for only four to five years, adding they were not capable of seizing a warship and using it for a banned outfit. (ANI)