KARACHI: A special anti-terrorism court awarded the death sentence on Thursday to two convicted of being involved in the murder of a man named Zainulabiddin. The court was hearing two cases against accused, Muhammad Jamil Ahmed and Munir Ahmed, pertaining to Zainulabiddin’s murder, police encounter and illegal weapons. The accused were convicted in both the cases.
The court awarded the death sentence to Jamil and Munir in the murder case, and 10 years imprisonment in the case pertaining to police encounter.
According to police, the convicts opened fire outside the house of Justice Zawar Hussain in Gulshan. Trader Zainulabiddin, who was a friend of Justice Hussain’s son, Sarfaraz, died in the firing incident.
The convicts were arrested after a police encounter and the cases against them were registered at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Police Station in 2011.
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Another ATC acquitted Kamran Madhuri of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) and two other accused in the murder case of police constable Muhammad Akhter.
The court acquitted Kamran Khan alias Madhuri of MQM-P and Sohail Nadeem Arain and directed jail officials to release the accused immediately if there is no other case against them.
Counsel for Kamran, advocate Muhammad Jevani maintained that the police failed to provide evidence regarding the murder against my client. My client should be acquitted as there is no evidence against him, argued the counsel.
According to police, Kamran killed police constable Muhammad Akhter in Awami Colony. The case against the accused was registered at Awami Colony Police Station in 2018.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 24th, 2019.