Islamabad: SC commutes death sentence into life term
ISLAMABAD: A full bench of the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday commuted death sentence of a convict into life imprisonment due to the lack of evidence. The SC bench comprised justices Muhammad Nawaz Abbasi, Muhammad Qaim Jan Khan and Muhammad Farrukh Mahmood.
Muhammad Younas, the convict, had killed CIA Constable Naseer Ahmad in the jurisdiction of Police Station Gujarpura, Lahore Cantt, on October 21, 1997. Ahmad had been trying to stop Younas from firing at his rival Irshad, but a bullet had hit him and he died. Later, a trial court awarded death sentence to Younas for killing Ahmad. The Lahore High Court also upheld the death sentence. Chaudhry Muhammad Akram, counsel for the petitioner, argued that there was no witness to the incident. According to the medical report, he said, Ahmad had died due to brain haemorrhage and not from a bullet shot. After hearing his arguments, the court accepted Younas’ plea and commuted the capital punishment into life imprisonment. Punjab Deputy Prosecutor General Mian Asif appeared for the state.
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