LHC orders release of death row convict for lack of evidence

LahoreLAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday acquitted death row prisoner Zameer Ahmed for lack of evidence in a murder case, reported.

A two-member bench of the LHC headed by Justice Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi heard the petition.

The court was informed that accused Zameer Ahmed was handed death penalty by a trial court in an 8-year-old girl’s murder case but there was clear contradiction in post mortem report and statements of the witnesses.

State lawyer argued that the accused has murdered a minor girl and its evidence is available.

After hearing the arguments, the bench ordered release of the accused for lack of evidence and declared trial court’s verdict null and void.

Earlier today, seven more convicts were executed in Pakistan, taking the total number of executions to 17 since December 2014.

The hangings took place in Karachi, Sukkur, Faisalabad and Rawalpindi jails.

The executed terrorists were Behram Khan, Shahid Haneef, Muhammad Talha, Khaleel Ahmed, Zulfikar Ali, Mushtaq Ahmed and Nawazish Ali.

Behram Khan was found guilty of killing an advocate in a courtroom of the Sindh High Court in April 2003.

Shahid Haneef, Muhammad Talha and Khaleel Ahmed were found guilty by an anti-terrorism court in Karachi of killing a senior officer in the Defence Ministry in July 2001.

Zulfikar Ali was associated with al Qaeda and was convicted of killing two policemen near the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi.

Mushtaq Ahmed and Nawazish Ali were executed for their involvement in a 2003 attempt to kill then president Gen. (retd.) Pervez Musharraf.

On Dec 17, Pakistan lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in terror-related cases following a terrorist attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar on December 16, 2014 in which Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants killed over 140 people, mostly children.

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