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LHC overturns Jamshed Dasti's conviction


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Jamshed Dasti.— File Photo

MULTAN: The Lahore High Court Multan bench has overturned the conviction of Former National Assembly member Jamshed Dasti on Wednesday, DawnNews reported.

Jamshed Dasti was convicted by a district and sessions judge last week for having a fake degree.

He was sentenced to three years in prison along with a fine of Rs 5,000. Jamshed Dasti was also disqualified to contest the upcoming polls.

He had filed an appeal in Multan High Court against his conviction.

It is unclear whether he will contest the upcoming elections as the election tribunal is yet to decide on his appeal.

The court ordered for his acquittal suspending his sentence.

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Aamir Apr 10, 2013 11:54am
If judges will start giving this kind of judgement then system will not function. How much money Dasti had to pay to get judgement in his favour......What a country...........
Zahid Apr 10, 2013 12:00pm
Cheaters go free....Long live Judiciary System of Pakistan !!!!
Oz Apr 10, 2013 12:08pm
If anyone wants to buy the judiciary... go to Punjab, all is possible. What is the point of a court of law convicting someone and then another court of law at the same level overturn. LHC should also clearly give a summary of their decision to the Press to show the grounds of overturning the decision. There is lots of videos and mms clips of Mr Dasti and the likes of him on the social media - hopefully, the voters will not be fooled.
adnan Apr 10, 2013 12:22pm
fine, so the high court is basically saying that submitting fake degrees and lying to the nation is not a crime punishable by law, and it is allowing conmen like Dasti to become lawmakers again. What is going on in our courts?? What kind of justice system is it where there is so much disparity amongst the courts?? Isn't it criminal to take oath of office based on fake documents?? Dasti and all others like him are criminals and must be punished whether there is a jail term or not, but they must at least be disqualified for life.
SK Apr 10, 2013 12:36pm
Well deserved and hopefully first of many similar outcomes. Good going
Ziauddin Shaikh Apr 10, 2013 12:37pm
Very happy to see that justice is done. The trigger happy judicial officials should also take note.
Raymond Durrani Apr 10, 2013 12:46pm
Sounds like some kind of Kangroo Court?
Tanvir Apr 10, 2013 01:01pm
Why? How can one court find this man to be a criminal and the other an innocent? Based on what evidence? This news article does not give any clue or details!
Khan Apr 10, 2013 01:03pm
He was CONVICTED, and now, What? Are our courts a joke?
hammad Apr 10, 2013 01:08pm
Well done LHC .Jamshed you are the voice of people who rose to fame from underprivileged part of the punjab .Thank you for serving the citizens of pakistan .We are proud of the honest politicians like you .
Abbas Apr 10, 2013 01:09pm
That's how our courts work and do in justice for the people who have money
Shahzad Latif Apr 10, 2013 01:15pm
too bad. The author failed to specify the reason!
endcorrupt Apr 10, 2013 01:22pm
This just goes to show how corrupt & incompetent our judicial system is. The courts dare not mess with the big ones, the affluent & the corrupt for fear of repraisal.
Farhan Apr 10, 2013 01:23pm
Any reasons given of the acquittal? Other than armtwisting?
afzal Apr 10, 2013 01:23pm
no wonder no one respect pakistan in the world how can the LHC overturn such a decision
milli Apr 10, 2013 01:25pm
Hmm, Does that mean the lower court was incompetent and did not know what it was doing? Would have been better if the article stated how and why the court arrived at its decision, because does this mean all others convicted will follow the same route and we will be back to square one.
SHB Apr 10, 2013 01:25pm
Now he has been converted from felon to a law abiding citizen? Shame on him ,if he still contests the election, he must be defeated.
Kader Baig Apr 10, 2013 01:26pm
This is a great decision by High Court, poor man's leader should lead the poor masses.
rabbani Apr 10, 2013 01:32pm
What is this nonsense???
Julie C Apr 10, 2013 01:51pm
Multan bench? Corruption for sure!
Birdie Apr 10, 2013 02:05pm
Dasti gets away, well done Dasti, well done!!
Ali Apr 10, 2013 02:07pm
Why the heck??? Is he innocent now?
Hasnain Haque Apr 10, 2013 02:14pm
I know the answer to your question Mr Adnan, this is the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, anything goes here. The crooks flourish, corrupt politicians become presidents and ministers, conmen become chief executives of industries, robbers become custodians and the law abiding honest people are either killed or locked up in jails. Long live Pakistan.
Reas Apr 10, 2013 02:19pm
Good news. Congrats.
Israr Khan IsmailZai. Apr 10, 2013 02:31pm
And we thought we only had a bad govt, GOD SAVE PAKISTAN.
desert Apr 10, 2013 02:33pm
Where are the Independent Courts now? Do they only want destabilize good running govts like they did to Musharraf's govt?
Ali Apr 10, 2013 02:36pm
khan sahib, the courts and the laws that they apply are not a joke. I have not looked at the detailed judgement to find out the exact reasoning behind overturning the sentence, but as I understand the law, 3 years imprisonment was awarded to him using the judicial discretion. And I think that the high court has found that the discretion was not used in accordance with law, that is way his sentence has been overturned. Secondly, the sentence has been overturned not the conviction. I think the reporter got it wrong
afzal Apr 10, 2013 02:55pm
one court say he is criminal,,other say innocent,,, he should be covicted
Muhammad Bashir Apr 10, 2013 03:53pm
On which base LHC set aside Dusti,s sentence.
bhot Apr 10, 2013 04:23pm
At what basis his or anyone conviction can be overturn when surely these guys lied to nation, when they lied under oath. They lied to get seat and they have no conviction. I think they spent 5 years in assembly they should be jailed for 10 years and payback all the money with fine that they earned or used. But they coming out clear and now they will show the victory sign. What message are we conveying . I had enough with this country.