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Pakistani jailed for bomb attack on Saudi consulate in Karachi

Zaki Kazmi, part of the extremist group Mehdi Force, is found guilty of hurling two hand grenades

Pakistani jailed for bomb attack on Saudi consulate in Karachi

A Pakistani court has sentenced a man to 14 years in prison for carrying out a bomb attack on the Saudi Consulate in Karachi in 2011.

Zaki Kazmi, who is part of the extremist group Mehdi Force, was found guilty of hurling two hand grenades at the building with another accomplice, Tabsh Hussein, before escaping on a motorcycle, news agency WAM reported on Thursday.

Pakistani police managed to arrest the perpetrator in November 2011 during an arrest operation, when Hussein was killed as a result of an exchange of gunfire with police, it added.

Special public prosecutor Shamim Akhtar said, “The court has awarded 14 years' imprisonment to the accused (Qazi) and confiscation of his property."

Pakistan has been a battleground for proxy groups funded by Saudi Arabia and Iran since the 1980s. Sectarian violence has claimed thousands of lives over the past decade.

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