Karachi: Kidnapping-cum-murder case: SHC issues notice to state
KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) admitted for hearing an appeal filed by three convicts against death sentences in the case of a boy’s kidnapping and murder, and issued a notice to the state. Farhan Khan, Mohammad Qasim, and Raheel were handed down the death sentence twice over by the anti–terrorism court (ATC), which found them guilty of kidnapping and murdering a boy in September 2006. According to the prosecution, the appellants kidnapped 12–year–old Owais Ali for ransom from Landhi on September 14, 2006, and demanded Rs50 million as ransom from his father, Sadaqat Ali, a contractor. However, police arrested the kidnappers who disclosed that they had killed Owais and thrown his body in sewerage drain in Landhi after failing to receive the ransom.
The appellants’ counsel contended that the trial court erred in awarding conviction to them as the Prosecution had failed to prove the charges against them. They requested the court to set aside the conviction and acquit them of the charges.
The SHC’s division bench, comprising Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Arshad Noor Khan, after the preliminary hearing of the appeal admitted it for hearing and issued a notice to state. The same bench also admitted the appeal of a convict who was sentenced to life imprisonment in a drugs case.
Mohammad Haneef was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Control of Narcotics Substances Court after finding him guilty of smuggling 720 kilogrammes of Charas in September 2004. He was arrested by the police from Korangi and the contraband was recovered from a truck.