PAKISTAN: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER
December 16, 2021:
A Taxila court on 13 December 2021 sentenced a man to death for murdering a former councillor during a reconciliation meeting in Mohallah Warrian in Taxila police area in August 2019. (Sources: Dawn, 14/12/2021)
His co-accused was awarded 17 years rigorous imprisonment for injuring four others including two women during the meeting.
The additional district and sessions judge Khalid Mehmood Cheema also imposed a fine of Rs500,000 on the convict. The co-accused Nazir Khan would also pay Rs40,000 to the victims.
The third accused was declared proclaimed offender (PO) as he was still at large.
According to the FIR registered under section 302 of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), a former area councilor Malik Mohammad Pervaiz, called a reconciliation meeting to settle a marriage dispute where people from one party took out pistols and showered the participants with bullets.
Resultantly Malik Mohammad Pervaiz was killed on the spot while Asif Sadiq, Riast Khan, Alishba Faisal and Zahida Perveen were injured.
Later, police arrested the accused and during the proceedings, the prosecution contended that substantial evidence was available on record which established involvement of Azmat alias Hashim Khan in the murder of the deceased. Subsequently judge sentenced him to death besides imposing a fine.