Pakistan

LHC declares four death sentences void

RAWALPINDI: The Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi bench has declared the death sentence of four convicts as void, ARY News reported on Monday.

A division bench of LHC comprised of Justice Ubaidur Rehman Lodhi and Justice Qazi Amin cancelled the death sentences of four convicts and ordered their immediate release.

The four death row convicts including Tahir Mehmood, Habibullah, Fazal Muhammad and Hafiz Naseer were sentenced to death by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) of Rawalpindi for their involvement in the suicide attack at Shah-i-Najaf Imambargah in Rawalpindi in 2002.

Advocate Malik Rafique represented the convicts in an intra-court appeal against their death sentence.

In 2002 attack on Imambargah 11 persons were killed and more than 26 had sustained injuries.

The case was registered at Pir Wadhai police station of Rawalpindi.

It is pertinent to mention that the investigation officer of the case Inspector Raja Saqlain was also killed in a terrorist attack later and the case has been under hearing in an anti-terrorism court.

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