SC acquits two life sentence convicts over lack of evidence

The Supreme Court on Monday acquitted two life sentence accused convicted about 12 years ago.
Abdul Waheed and Javed Iqbal were booked in a First Information Report (FIR) registered at the Police Station of Chakwal against the murder of Muhammad Arif and Imtiaz Ali in 2004 in Chakwal area. Trial court had handed down death sentence to Abdul Waheed and Javed Iqbal.
Both appealed against the conviction in the Lahore High Court (LHC), which converted the death sentence into life imprisonment. The convicts approached the Supreme Court against the verdict.
Hearing the suspect’s appeal against the LHC order, a two- judge bench of the court headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, ordered their acquittal, giving him benefit of doubt on murder charges. During the hearing, Justice Khosa remarked that truth was not being told in the instant matter and witnesses who submitted false evidences, should be punished. He observed that the prosecution had failed to prove its case. Giving benefit of doubts, the court acquitted Abdul Waheed and Javed Iqbal ordered their release.—APP

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