Karachi: Accused in triple murder case let off
KARACHI: An accused man in a notorious case involving the murder of an elderly couple and their son by their daughter and her paramour in 1999 was let off by the Sindh High Court as having served out his 10-year jail sentence.
Wasim, the nephew of main accused Farhan, was also sentenced to pay a fine of Rs225,000 or undergo rigorous imprisonment for another two and-a-half years by an anti-terrorism court that tried the case.
Advocate Akhtar Jamal, Wasim’s counsel, submitted before a division bench comprising Justices Rana M. Shamim and Ghulam Dastgir A. Shahani that his mother had died during his imprisonment and his father was in a precarious condition. The accused was too poor to pay the fine. Besides, if he was given the benefit of remissions announced from time to time since his incarceration in 1999, he could not be kept behind bars any more. The bench summoned the jail record and allowed the release of the accused after remitting the fine.
According to the prosecution, Nawab Hussain, his wife Abrar Begum and their 25-year-old son Faheem were killed by Asma Nawab, her boyfriend Farhan and their associate Jawaid on the night between January 2 and January 3, 1999, at their Saudabad residence. The accused first overpowered Faheem, tied his hands and pasted tape on his mouth. The elderly couple was similarly disabled. Their throats were later slit by the accused with a sharp-edged knife.
The motive behind the triple murder was the parents’ opposition to marriage between Asma and Farhan. They wanted her engagement with her cousin. All three accused were sentenced to death by the trial anti-terrorism court. Their appeals against the conviction and sentences are pending in the high court. Wasim’s appeal was separated from the other appeals for disposal.