Pakistani man pardons 10 Indian killers of son

Published: March 26, 2017
Mohammad Riaz and SP Singh. PHOTO COURTESY: BBC URDU

Mohammad Riaz and SP Singh. PHOTO COURTESY: BBC URDU

A Pakistani man, whose son was killed in Abu Dhabi in 2015, has pardoned the murderers – all Indians – who are facing death sentence.

A court in the United Arab Emirates has approved [the request] to pay the blood money, BBC Urdu reported on Sunday.

The murderers, who came to work in Abu Dhabi from Indian Punjab, were convicted in October last year for killing a Pakistani youth, Muhammad Farhan, following an altercation. Under the Sharia law, which the UAE follows, an appeal against the death penalty can be filed in the court if the victim’s family and the convict reconcile, and the family pardons him.

‘Blood money’ explained

Mohammad Riaz, who belongs to Peshawar, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, has decided to pardon the killers of his son. Although the court has to rule on the pardon, the appeal has given the convicts a new ray of hope, and a possibility to walk free.

The blood money is being arranged by a Dubai-based Indian businessman SP Singh Oberoi. He is the president of Sarbat Da Bhala Charitable Trust, a not-for-profit organisation that works for people convicted and arrested for such matters. “We have worked out reconciliation,” said Oberoi.

Farhan’s father, along with family and friends, is in Abu Dhabi for exonerating the 10 Indians. He has submitted the agreement in the court, and has been given time until April 12, 2017 for further action.

“It was unfortunate that I lost my son. I appeal the young generation not to indulge in such fights,” said Riaz. “I have forgiven these 10 individuals. In fact, Allah has saved their lives. Lives of at least 10 people, including a wife and children, hinge [financially] on one person [who comes to work in the UAE].”

Riaz, according to Oberoi, has assured he [on behalf of his family] will ask the judge to pardon all the 10 convicts.

The Indian businessman said Riaz had been invited from Pakistan three days ago, with all arrangements, including a visa and accommodation being made by his trust. “We somehow made him agree … and as per the Sharia law, have submitted Dhs 200,000 as blood money in the court,” he added.

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Reader Comments (25)

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 27, 2017 - 12:30AM

    Excellent show of humanity and brotherhood. Recommend

  • Hidden truth
    Mar 27, 2017 - 12:52AM

    Shariah law has saved the lives of 10 Indians, like it saved the life of Raymond Davis.Recommend

  • avtar
    Mar 27, 2017 - 1:53AM

    @Hidden truth:
    Money has also played a part.Recommend

    Mar 27, 2017 - 4:07AM

    Shariah Law gives life…………May we implement Shariah Law in matters of Ribaa too………..Recommend

  • Shakil
    Mar 27, 2017 - 4:54AM

    He shouldnt say he has pardoned them, He should state the truth that he has opted for blood money or qisas! Pardoning means he do not accept any blood money and just have mercy on these killers.Recommend

  • SuperNeo
    Mar 27, 2017 - 5:53AM

    How can this be pardoned? they paid blood money…..Recommend

  • SuperNeo
    Mar 27, 2017 - 5:55AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    What humanity is here ? they paid the cost of doing crime.Recommend

  • bharat
    Mar 27, 2017 - 7:47AM

    No way they should have been pardoned. Recommend

  • FAZ
    Mar 27, 2017 - 8:48AM

    @Hidden truth:
    Except that the Indians got away with with merely 4m PKR where as in the other case, the victim family got settled in US..Recommend

  • ABC
    Mar 27, 2017 - 9:45AM

    Shariah law has not saved the person……money has!Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Mar 27, 2017 - 10:51AM

    Neither the capital punishment to ten persons for murder of one man, nor the pardon-for-money, make any sense.
    No progressive country can have such a warped justice system.Recommend

  • iRonMan!
    Mar 27, 2017 - 11:09AM

    how was he murdered? No details of cruel act..bad reporting.Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Mar 27, 2017 - 11:51AM

    What Pardon?? He took money to let them go. He decided money was more important than justice for his sonRecommend

  • junglee
    Mar 27, 2017 - 12:09PM

    Ask the parents of each of them. A little shame perhaps.Recommend

  • rich
    Mar 27, 2017 - 12:23PM

    he pardoned the killer bec of blood money, as obreio said it was difficult but they cinvinced him,

    now dont bring religion in the picture, itwas a fight and he got killed, it was not preplanned, they all worked togather, and there was a differece bet them let to argument and he was killed, it could be anyone, it could be the indian have been killedRecommend

  • Singh
    Mar 27, 2017 - 12:39PM

    Everywhere money is a big player.Recommend

  • London Banker
    Mar 27, 2017 - 3:01PM

    Shameful man. Recommend

  • Chhota Shikoh
    Mar 27, 2017 - 4:27PM

    @London Banker:
    Exactly. Would have met those Indians at high noon and shot it out. But, who knows ? The man might get his money and then the UAE authorities have a change in heart and throw the 10 in the slammer for life.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Mar 27, 2017 - 5:33PM

    10 Indians banned together to kill one innocent Pakistani. These 10 should be executed in Abu Dhabi and some Pakistani charity should come forward to help the man out with 200,000.
    Why this hasn’t got adequate coverage except in Tribune??Recommend

  • Farhan
    Mar 27, 2017 - 9:06PM

    Stop blaming the guy who pardoned these men, had he been so much greedy then he could have asked for much more money than this. 200000 dhs is not a big amount, imagine if the victim was some arab than how much money his family would have asked for? And remember his son was earning bread and butter for him. I think he pardoned them with good intentionsRecommend

  • aleem
    Mar 27, 2017 - 10:59PM

    Because what people like you don’t understand is that the son was the sole bread earner. Islam allows for practical stipulations and not the “feel-good” nonsense that gets peddled day and night. After all is said and done, the man and his family needed money to live on. That the murderers took that away his sole bread earner is the reason he should be compensated. This is quite similar to civil and punitive damages in a Western court of law.Recommend

  • fareed
    Mar 28, 2017 - 10:12AM

    they have not been pardoned – lives have been spared…they still have to pay a price! Wrong caption..Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Mar 28, 2017 - 3:08PM

    MONEY Talks Man Money TALKS! Recommend

  • Ch. K. A. Nye
    Mar 28, 2017 - 6:31PM


    “they will still have to pay the price”? Who? The 10 killers? Umm. No… The AED 200k is being paid by a charity fund. Recommend

  • Asad Khattak
    Mar 28, 2017 - 11:08PM

    When his father has pardoned 10 Indian killers of his son, who are we to judge what is right and what is wrong.
    Is it because they were indians? or because his father will be paid?
    Do any one here has the magic to read one’s mind. If not then we should not be the one to judge a FATHER’s action.
    I may dont like indians. Sometime a person’s action (not limited murder) cannot be justified but haven’t we saw that a Pakistani has forgiven Indian’s.
    The decision has to come on 12th April 2017.
    Dont guage a father’s emotion with money. May be what he did was right for his family.Recommend

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