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SC acquits accused involved in murder, rape of 60-years old widow

ISLAMABAD (APP): The Supreme Court on Tuesday acquitted an accused allegedly involved in rape and murder of a 60-year-old widow.

A trial awarded capital punishment to Muhammad Hanif for murdering a 60 years old widow after rape in Murree in 2006. The Sh-ariat Court also maintained the trial court verdict.

A five-member Shariat Appellate Bench of the apex court headed by Justice Mushir Alam and comprising Justice Qazi Faez Isa, Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, Dr Al-Ghazali Ad-hoc member-I and Dr Khalid Masood Ad-hoc member-II heard the case and acquitted Hanif after 14 years.

During the course of proceedings, the public prosecutor said the accused killed Ziarat Bibi after raping her and two relatives of the victim saw the accused fleeing. He said the victim was a mother of five.

Justice Qazi Amin remarked that apparently the incident did not look like it was being reported and according to the police investigation, the accused was a frequent visitor to the woman.

He said that no one should be ridiculed so it could not be discussed. He said that there were no reasons for the accused to kill the woman and according to the FIR, the woman was killed by trapping. He said that the medical evidence did not confirm the trapping.

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