2 MQM workers handed death sentence for murder of Zahra ShahidArchive
An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Karachi on Friday handed the death sentence to Mohammad Rashid alias Master and Zahid Abbas Zaidi for the murder of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader Zahra Shahid in 2013.
The court, however, set free Irfan and Kaleem due to lack of evidence against them.
According to Rangers' prosecutor, both the convicts were associates of the London based group of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and had confessed to their involvement in the murder.
During the course of proceedings in the case, eyewitnesses had identified the convicts during a parade in the presence of a magistrate. According to the prosecution, they had killed Shahid to scare the PTI leadership in Karachi.
The police claimed to have arrested Rashid in an illicit weapons case on Sept 25, 2013. The prosecution claimed that during interrogations he had confessed to his involvement in the case of the PTI leader. Later, the police arrested Zahid Abbas Zaidi on Oct 2, 2013.
Shahid, a senior leader of the PTI, was shot dead outside her house in the Defence Housing Authority on May 18, 2013.
A case had been registered under Sections 302 (premeditated murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code read with Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 at the Gizri police station.
Hours after the veteran party leader was shot dead, PTI Chairman Imran Khan had blamed the MQM for her murder.