Man who attacked Saudi Consulate in Karachi jailed for 14 years


KARACHI: A court on Wednesday sentenced a militant to 14 years in prison for throwing grenades at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Karachi four years ago, a prosecutor said.


Zaki Qazi of the little known Lashkar-e-Mehdi group and his accomplice Tabish Hussain lobbed two grenades at the mission as they rode past on a motorcycle in May 2011, causing no casualties.

Police carried out a raid in November of that year, killing Hussain during fighting and arresting Qazi.

Special public prosecutor Shamim Akhtar told AFP: “The court has awarded 14 years’ imprisonment to the accused (Qazi) and confiscation of his property.”

Pakistan has since the 1980s been a battleground for proxy groups funded by Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Sectarian violence — mainly attacks by Sunni militants on Shias, who make up roughly 20 per cent of the population — has claimed thousands of lives over the past decade.

Donors in Saudi Arabia have long been accused of quietly funding terror groups sympathetic to the kingdom’s hard-line version of Sunni Islam.

Leaked diplomatic cables by then-US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009 said Saudi Arabian donors were “the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide”.

The cable cited the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and Pakistan’s Sunni Muslim sectarian militants Lashkar-e-Jhangvi as examples of where funds were being channelled.