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Notice to ministry on plea against mly court verdict

Notice to ministry on plea against mly court verdict

LAHORE: A Lahore High Court division bench on Tuesday issued a notice to the interior ministry on an appeal challenging death sentence handed down to a member of a proscribed organisation by a military court for sectarian killing.

The military court had awarded death sentence to Muhammad Sabir Shah for his involvement in abetting murder of Advocate Syed Arshad Ali in Lahore.

Convict’s mother Laila Bibi filed the appeal against the conviction.

Advocate Zia Ali Bajwa argued on behalf of the appellant that her son was not given the right to fair trial. He said neither he was allowed to meet his family members nor given a chance to engage counsel to plead his case.

The counsel said the family of the convict had come to know about the military court decision through a press release issued by ISPR.

He said a habeas corpus petition challenging Shah’s illegal detention was still pending before the high court. He argued that requisites of justice were not met by the military court while awarding sentence to the appellant’s son.

He asked the court to set aside the military court’s decision for being “unjust and unfair”.

The bench comprising Justice Abdul Sami Khan and Justice James Joseph issued a notice to the ministry for Sept 10.

Published in Dawn, September 9th, 2015

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