PHC upholds death sentences in quadruple murder case – Newspaper

Peshawar: The Peshawar High Court upheld the death penalty for a man and his son who murdered four women (all sisters) in the inner city of Peshawar in a property dispute about seven years ago.

A tribunal composed of Judges Roohul Amin Khan and Judge Ishtiaq Ibrahim dismissed the joint appeal of Fazal Qadir and his son Fazal Hussain against the District Court’s conviction on 30 October 2021.

A district court judge conducted the trial and sentenced the two men to death and ordered them to pay damages of Rs 2 million each to the legal heirs of the deceased. They were also sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of 50,000 rupees each for injuring the son of a murdered woman.

The murders in Mohallah Majian in June 2015 provoked public outcry and residents also staged street protests.

A Session Court found a man guilty of the murder of four women in 2015.

The trial court found that the Court of First Instance had evaluated the evidence ‘from the true point of view’ and reached the correct conclusion by convicting the appellant of a crime for which no exceptions were made.

He also added that, given the specific facts and circumstances of the case, as well as the cruelty of the appellants, the death sentence given by the lower court to the appellants should be in line with the ‘purpose of justice’.

Bench observed that the number of gunshot wounds sustained by each fatality spoke of the atrocities committed by the prisoners.

He ruled that medical evidence supported eyewitness accounts of the murder.

The FIR of the offense was registered with the Shaheed Gulfat Hussain (Hashtnagri) Police Department on June 27, 2015 in a complaint filed by Mohammad Iqbal, father of the woman who died pursuant to Sections 302, 324, 34 and 7 of the Criminal Code of Pakistan. anti-terrorism law.

The plaintiff alleges that he had an argument with the accused over a house in the area and had an argument with them prior to the murder.

He said his daughters, including Rani, Samreen, Ruqia and Farhana, and grandson Ubaid Ali, fired bullets after they heard the roar, four defendants, including two appellants, killed their daughters on the spot and wounded Ubaid. , while he was not hurt.

Initially, the appellants were convicted by the Anti-Terrorism Court on 2 October 2019 and sentenced to the death penalty and a total fine of 1.6 million rupees on four counts.

However, the Peshawar High Court overturned the conviction on May 19, 2021 and returned the case to the Session Court for a new trial under the Criminal Procedure Code.

Senior Attorney Mian Abdul Fayyaz, on behalf of the plaintiff, argued that the accused and the two fugitive defendants had been nominated directly by the FIR for the murder of a woman.

He claimed that the police had recovered the weapons used in the crime from the two defendants.

The lawyer also claimed that an examination of the empty vacant lot confiscated at the scene confirmed that the bullets were fired with a weapon recovered from the prisoners.

He said all prosecutors’ witnesses gave consistent testimony and that the defense did not raise any suspicions about the prosecutor’s case.

Posted at Serb on April 8, 2022