KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday adjourned to March 25 the hearing of appeals of four convicts against their sentences handed down by an anti-terrorism court in the Shahzeb murder case.
A division bench headed by Justice Sadiq Hussain Bhatti adjourned the hearing of appeals when counsel for appellant requested the court for adjournment. Shahrukh Jatoi along with Nawab Siraj Ali Talpur was sentenced to death, while Siraj’s brother Nawab Sajjad Ali Talpur and his employee Ghulam Murtaza Lashari were sentenced to life imprisonment by the ATC on June 7 last year after they were found guilty of murdering university student Shahzeb Khan in Defence on December 24, 2012.
Prime convict Shahrukh Jatoi and other convicts filed appeals in the SHC challenging their conviction by the ATC. They claimed in their appeals that the trial court erred in its judgement by convicting the appellant, saying that the prosecution miserably failed to prove its case beyond any shadow of doubt. They submitted that there were glaring contradictions in the statements of the prosecution witnesses, which could not be sustained in the eyes of the law as well as the rulings of superior courts.
They prayed to the court to set aside the trial court’s order as the prosecution could not establish its case sufficiently, and order the release of the appellant. It is pertinent to mention here that victim’s family members, his father Aurangzeb Khan, mother Ambreen and sisters Pareshay and Maha later filed their affidavits whereby they pardoned the convicts without any pressure, coercion or interest, but in the name of Allah Almighty.
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