Law experts say Fakhra Younus’ acid attack case can no longer be reopened.
An appeal against an acquittal can be filed in a high court within 90 days of the judgment. Since the government did not file any appeal against the acquittal of accused former MPA Bilal Khar, the case cannot be reopened now.
However, lawyers say that since the accused may be the reason for Fakhra’s suicide, a case can be registered on charges of attempted murder.
A case against former MPA Bilal Khar was registered on the complaint of Shahida Malik on May 14, 2000 for attempted murder. However, the discrepancies between statements of witnesses allowed the accused to file successful applications of bail and acquittal.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 26th, 2012.