LAHORE: A judicial magistrate at Cantonment Courts on Monday dismissed five different applications filed by the prosecution and defence in Khadija Siddiqui stabbing case, including one for cancellation of attempted murder clause in the FIR.

Ms Siddiqui, a law student, was allegedly attacked by her class fellow, Shah Husain, on May 3, 2016, near Shimla Hill where she along with her driver had gone to pick her younger sister from school.

Both sisters were about to get into their car when helmet-wearing suspect attacked Khadija with a knife and stabbed her 23 times leaving her critically injured.

Civil Lines police had registered a case against Shah Husain on charges of attempted murder. The suspect is happened to be son of a lawyer, Tanvir Hashmi.

During the trial proceedings on Monday, the defence counsel requested the court in writing that the offence of attempted murder should be deleted from the FIR. He also asked the court to summon a prosecution witness again for cross-examination.

On the other side, the prosecution lawyer asked the court to put the suspect on exit control list fearing the suspect may flee the country. He also asked the court not to make the pictures produced by the suspect part of the case record.

However, Magistrate Mubashir Awan dismissed all these applications of the prosecution and the defence and adjourned trial hearing.

REPLY SOUGHT: The Lahore High Court on Monday sought a reply from the principal of Aitchison College on a petition challenging denial of admission to a student despite being successful in written test and interview.

Advocate Fawwad Malik Awan argued before the court that students up to seven years of age could get admission to K-2 standard after passing the written test and the interview as per the college’s policy.

The lawyer said Ibrahim, six-year-old son of the petitioner, stood successful in both written test and the interview but the college management denied him admission for belonging to Sindh province. He said the treatment of the college towards the petitioner was discriminatory, which was a violation of the Constitution.

The counsel asked the court to order the college principal to grant admission to the petitioner’s son and also strike down the admission policy being discriminatory in nature and illegal.

The court sought reply from the college principal within two weeks.

Published in Dawn, July 25th, 2017

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