Karachi: SC grants leave to appeal against LJ activists’ acquittal
KARACHI: The Supreme Court (SC) has granted leave to appeal filed by Sindh government against the acquittal of three activists of the banned Lashkar–e–Jhangvi in sectarian killings cases. The state had filed appeal against the acquittal of Mohammad Ajmal alias AkramLahori, Mohammad Azam and Attaullah of sectarian killing charges by the Sindh High Court. The LJ activists had been sentenced to death by an anti– terrorism court in Karachi on November 26, 2003 for murdering Anwar Ali Tarmizi and Syed ZulfiqarHaider in Shah Faisal Colony in March 2002. The appeal against the convictions of the LJ activists was heard by the SHC, which set aside the death sentences handed down to the respondents in October 2007, observing that the prosecution failed to prove the guilt of the respondents.
Additional Advocate General Adnan Karim submitted that the SHC did not appreciate the testimonies of three eyewitnesses and ocular evidence produced by the prosecution. He prayed to the court to set aside the SHC’s judgment and maintain the conviction of the respondents.
After the preliminary hearing of the petition, a three-member bench of the SC granted leave to appeal, and directed the office to prepare a paper book of the case and fix the matter for a regular hearing within three months.