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SC acquits life sentence accused involved in suicide bombing

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday acquitted a life imprisonment accused Nadim Hussain allegedly involved in suicide bombing giving him benefit of doubt.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa and comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed heard the case.

During the course of proceedings, the Chief Justice remarked that the lower courts did not examine evidences properly.

The counsel said that two suicide attacks held outside Pakistan Naval War College Lahore. He said that three people killed while 18 injured in the incident.

The Chief Justice remarked that such a big incident occurred as two suicide bombers blast themselves and there was no evidence over the incident. He remarked that blast itself is an evidence.

He remarked that the prosecution had no solid evidence against the accused. He asked the counsel that he was saying the accused is a shop owner where he gave two suicide jackets to two unknown persons.

He remarked that if court accepted the evidence of prosecution it seemed that shop of the accused was used during his absence. It seemed like the accused was being involved in the case, he added.

The Chief Justice observed that the name of the accused was not mentioned in the FIR.

The trial court had awarded life imprisonment to Nadeem Hussain and the high court also maintained the trial court order. The accused had challenged the high court order in the apex court.

SC dismisses petition seeking cancellation of murder accused’s bail: The Supreme Court on Thursday maintained a high court verdict and dismissed a petition seeking cancellation of bail of a murder accused Suleman.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa and comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed heard the case filed by Alam Zaib and remarked that laws were different for granting and dismissal of bail.

During the course of proceedings, Asad Ullah Chamkani counsel for the petitioner said that firing incident occurred between two groups in Bajour Agency area Barhang in 2018.He said that Hunar Khan was killed due to exchange of firing.

He alleged that Suleman and Badam opened fire on the directions of Mir Zaman. Hunar Khan died with the fire of Suleman, he added.

Astagfurullah Khan counsel for the accused said that the people of Barhang area had erected security bunkers on mountains. He said that opponents opened fire on each others from these bunkers. He said that after the incident a jirga announced that Rs 5 million fine would be imposed for murder while Rs 2.5 million fine imposed for injuring someone and Rs one million fine for erecting bunkers.

The Chief Justice asked jirga announced sentence before the incident.

The counsel for accused said that the trial court dismissed his client’s bail plea while the high court granted him bail.

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