I GUESS it was only to be expected. A friend and neighbour of a murdered young man [Shahzeb Khan] had at first named the killer and other accused, but have now changed their statements.

They refused to identify the accused persons at an identification parade.

It is highly likely that they have turned hostile after being threatened (the prosecutor, for obvious reasons, did not ask the judge to declare them ‘hostile’).

I have heard that this kind of thing frequently happens in Pakistan.

If only it were possible to subject the two witnesses to a lie-detector test, which would make it much simpler for the judge to decide the case.

Unfortunately, this is never done here. The killers will probably be set free, putting more lives at risk.

People like them are frequently seen speeding in their SUVs on the streets of this unfortunate city where everyone fully expects to be either mowed down by bullets or crushed by recklessly-driven vehicles.


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Shahryar Shirazi
March 31, 2013 9:49 am
Regardless of the result, testimony from a lie detector is not admissible in court.
Gerry D'Cunha
March 31, 2013 11:23 am
this only happens in pakistan!!!!!!!
March 31, 2013 12:31 pm
Then we should press for its inclusion in a court. Modern video and audio testimony should be admissible in this age of lies and power display.
March 31, 2013 2:02 pm
every thing and any thing goes. Welcome to the land of unruly?.. It has to stop. Soon you will see people talking laws in their hands?.. it is never too late
A better muslim
March 31, 2013 2:57 pm
And than we claim Pakistan ka matlab la elaha illalla.
March 31, 2013 6:38 pm
Money talk .
Nasr KiKi
March 31, 2013 9:07 pm
It was so sad and infuriating while watching a TV news coverage in which the accused was sitting in the police van and for a while also seen standing with the police men and balatantly smiling and talking without any remorse on his face. He was a pure picture of a criminal but a frustration for the rest of us.
April 1, 2013 1:40 am
Did someone record his testimony the first time it was given? Can that not be used in court.
Moeen Qadir Khan
April 1, 2013 2:03 am
This happens everywhere in the world but in other places it remains under the cover and in Pakistan it is vise- versa r!!!!!!! Always in reverse order from the way something has been stated and it is really pity to find such characterless people around ?
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