Infant boy is cleared of trying

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ISLAMABAD — A Pakistani judge dismissed an attempted murder case Saturday that police lodged against a 9-month-old boy, ending a bizarre case that drew new criticism of the country’s troubled criminal justice system.

The family of Mohammad Musa had kept the boy in hiding after authorities pressed charges accusing him of trying to kill police officers after a neighborhood brawl in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore. Judge Rafaqat Ali Qamar dropped the case against the boy during a hearing in which police announced they would no longer pursue the charges, defense lawyer Irfan Tarar said.

‘‘The father of toddler produced him before the judge today,’’ Tarar said. The boy was in the arms of his father when police dropped the charge against the boy, he said.

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