A suspended Rangers personnel was handed the death sentence by a Karachi court on Saturday for the murder of his colleague in 2016.
Suspended sepoy Syed Ali Murtaza was found guilty of killing sepoy Mashooq Ali with his service rifle after a heated exchange inside the bachelor barracks of 63 Wing of Bhittai Rangers in Gulshan-e-Iqbal on October 23, 2016.
Judge Haleem Ahmed of the model criminal trial court (East) found Murtaza guilty of having committed premeditated murder of his colleague over a petty dispute. The convict was also ordered to pay Rs200,000 as compensation to the legal heirs of the deceased or undergo six months imprisonment on default.
According to the prosecution, a confrontation between the two soldiers was triggered when one argued with the other over his "prolonged stay in the washroom" while he was waiting for his turn.
A case was lodged against the paramilitary soldier on behalf of the Rangers under Section 302 (premeditated murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code at Sharea Faisal police station. The officer was later suspended.