Khadija stabbing case: Appeal against LHC decision to be heard by Justice Khosa

CJP reprimands Shah Hussain's father for campaigning against the apex court

Muhammad Haroon June 10, 2018
Khadija Siddiqui. VIDEOGRAB

LAHORE: The top court has decided to transfer the appeal against Lahore High Court (LHC)'s order acquitting a man convicted by the trial court for brutally attacking a law student to a bench led by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.

A two-member bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar and Justice Ijazul Ahsan began hearing the Khadija Siddiqui stabbing case in Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry on Sunday after taking notice of a single-bench verdict by Justice Sardar Ahmed Naeem which acquitted Shah Hussain of all charges and accepted his appeal against the seven-year sentence handed to him by a sessions court.

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During the hearing, the chief justice expressed annoyance at Lahore High Court Bar Association’s undermining of SC by passing a resolution against the notice. “How did LHCBA pass a resolution against the apex court?” asked Justice Nisar.

The top judge questioned the convict’s father Tanvir Hashmi, a prominent LHC lawyer, how he managed to campaign against the SC. “Would you have done the same if a lawyer’s daughter had been attacked?”

Stressing that the apex court could see bar association politics at play, Justice Nisar remarked that the ploy will be unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, Khadija recalled the character assassination she had to endure during the court proceedings and asked SC to provide justice.

Case history

Khadija had been attacked with a knife on May 3, 2016 while she was picking her sister from school on Davis Road. The survivor said she recognised the attacker after his helmet fell off in the chaos.

A judicial magistrate on July 29, 2017, had sentenced Hussain to seven-year imprisonment under section 324 (attempted murder) of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), two-year under section 337A(i) (causing injuries), five-year under section 337A(ii), one-year under section 337F(i), three-year under section 337F(ii) and five-year under section 337F(iv) and all punishments were to run concurrently,  making the total punishment for seven years imprisonment.

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Mehtab | 2 years ago | Reply CJP will have to take hard step and Black sheeps from judiciary must be clensed and their assets must be checked. Accountability should be accross the board
Zafar Bokhari | 2 years ago | Reply Pakistan is going through transition process like any developing society. This case will be heard at SC level which could have been impossible for a middle class girl. I agree that we are far away from EU or US judges. But I am sure that Allah will do its own justice. All those attorneys' licenses be suspended forever, who participated in this acquittal of criminal including his father who is an attorney as well. Justice Khosa will do justice the way he caught Nawaz Sharif. Inshallah.
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