A court in Gilgit-Baltistan cleared the names of seven people allegedly involved in the murder of Asad Zaidi, former deputy speaker of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly, then Northern Areas Legislative Assembly, in April 2009. His associate, a resident of Diamer Valley, was also murdered in the incident.
According to reports, GB Chief Court Justices Wazir Shakil and Muhammad Alam acquitted the accused assailants. Authorities said the lack of proof against the accused murderers led to their release. The accused were: Mirbaz Khan, Farooq, Shakil Ahmad, Arshad Aman, Mansoor Alam and Faizan.
Earlier, an anti-terrorism court in Gilgit had sentenced the alleged attackers to death. The defendants approached the GB Chief Court to reconsider the sentence announced by the anti-terrorism court.
Gunmen shot dead Mr. Zaidi, a resident of Skardu, and his colleague while they were driving in a vehicle on Park Road, Gilgit. His driver was wounded in the attack.