Explosion in court as officer asked to explain how grenade works

Police officer pulls pin out of live grenade in Pakistan court after judge asks for explanation

Three people were injured in an explosion in a Pakistan court after the judge asked a police officer to explain how a grenade works.

Instead of describing how the weapon works, the constable produced a live grenade and pulled out the pin, resulting in a “loud explosion”.

Constable Liaquat Ali was injured by the blast moments after he assured the judge that the piece of evidence had been disarmed.

Court assistant Shoaib Ahmed was also hurt by shrapnel wounds to his hand and head, while the judge fell off his chair, witnesses said.


Muhammad Islam, a court official, said the officer was trying to counter an argument by the defence that the detonator, which one official said had been separated from the grenade, was too complex for the defendant to know how to use.

Ali demonstrated the ease with which the pin could be removed from the detonator just after assuring the court that the device had been defused.

The explosion sparked panic in the rest of the building, where other anti-terrorism cases are held. "We thought the whole building was under attack from terrorists," said Farhan Haider, a lawyer who had been in a courtroom next door. "Everyone was just rushing towards the exits."

The blast injured Ali’s hands but he was swiftly discharged from hospital after treatment. The trial was immediately suspended while a bomb disposal unit was called to check the rest of the evidence.

Rafique Awan, a police officer, said a case had been registered against Ali for mishandling evidence, which should have been supervised by a bomb squad officer.