An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Quetta on Thursday acquitted former provincial home minister Gazain Marri in a case pertaining to his alleged links with banned militant organisations.
Nawabzada Gazain Marri, a former separatist leader and son of late Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Khair Bakhsh, was repatriated in September last year after spending 18 years in self-imposed exile. He was arrested on his arrival at Quetta airport from Dubai.
In January, he announced to quit separatist and nationalist politics. Marri said that he will join mainstream politics, which, according to him, “is the only way to serve the people of the province [Balochistan] and Pakistan”.
On Thursday, ATC Judge Dawood Nasar set him free, saying that no substantial evidence against Marri was provided before the court.
Police had registered a case in 2017 against Marri for supporting banned militants organisations in Balochistan. Marri has already been acquitted in four other cases, while in the Justice Nawaz Marri murder case he has been granted bail.