KARACHI: The Sindh High Court reserved its judgment on Thursday over appeals filed by the accused Rangers personnel against their conviction in the Sarfaraz Shah murder case, DawnNews reported.

Sarfraz Shah was murdered by Rangers personnel at Benazir Shaheed Park in Clifton on June 8, 2011.

A division bench headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah heard the final arguments from the deputy prosecutor general who vehemently opposed the convicts’ appeals filed on Aug 25, 2011.

The bench reserved the pronouncement of the verdict to a date to be announced later by the court’s office.

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) headed by Bashir Ahmed Khoso had sentenced Rangers constable Shahid Zafar to death and jailed sub-inspector Bahaur Rehman, lance naik Liaquat Ali and constables Mohammad Tariq, Manthar Ali and Afzal Khan for life on Aug 12. The civilian contractor, Afsar Khan, was also jailed for life in the case.

The appellants, through their counsel, submitted that the ATC had no jurisdiction to try the case against the personnel of law-enforcement agencies.

They submitted that the prosecution did not rely upon the joint investigation teams report that was of the opinion that the act was not terrorism.

Appellants submitted that trial court used inadmissible evidence for convicting them as the impugned judgment was pronounced against them under the influence of a digital video recorder, produced by the prosecution which was against the law.

They requested the court to set aside the conviction as it was illegal and unlawful, and acquit the appellants of the charges.

Meanwhile, complainant Salik Shah, the elder brother of the deceased, had also filed plea urging the court for enhancement of penalty of convicts to death sentence. Later, brother of victim has withdrawn his application which requested the death penalty.

More From This Section

PM orders judicial probe into attack on Hamid Mir

The government also announced a reward of Rs10 million for any information leading to the arrest of culprits.

UN officials confirm staff members go missing in Pakistan

Two local employees working for the Unicef were suspected to have been kidnapped from Karachi.

Punjab govt accused of being soft on militants

Senior officials say the govt has been “sleeping over” regular intelligence reports on militants' presence in Punjab.

Slain ANP leader’s house attacked; Police foil terror bid

Unknown gunmen attacked the house of the late Mian Mushtaq late last night and abducted three of his relatives.


Comments are closed.
Explore: Indian elections 2014
Explore: Indian elections 2014
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
Poll
From The Newspaper
Tweets