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Lahore High Court takes notice of delay in Khadija stabbing case

Lahore High Court takes notice of delay in Khadija stabbing case

Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah on Tuesday took notice of Khadija stabbing case and sought a report from the district and sessions judge, Lahore.

The LHC chief justice directed the Judicial Magistrate Mubashir Hussain Awan to hear the trial on daily basis and conclude it in 30 days.

The Director General of district judiciary had also been asked to submit a weekly report in this regard.

On May 3 last year, Khadija, a student at The Institute of Legal Studies (TILS), Gulberg, had gone to pick up her sister Sofia Siddiqui, 7, from Convent of Jesus and Mary on Durand Road when her classmate Shah Husain attacked her.

Husain allegedly kept stabbing the girl and inflicted life-threatening scars on her. Over a year since the horrific incident, she still awaits justice and appeals to society to raise its voice for her.

Civil Lines police had registered FIR No 300/2016 under Sections 324 and 337 of Pakistan Penal Code, in this regard.

A murder case was filed in Lahore High Court (LHC) within a week of the attack. Evidence was presented before the judiciary, including video footage which helped identify the attacker.

However, LHC had dismissed pre-arrest bail of the suspect in September 2016 while a sessions court granted him post-arrest bail after two months.

Last Friday, she sat an examination under the police protection as the alleged attacker also was in the same centre.

Speaking to the media outside the examination centre, Khadija Siddique, 22, bemoaned she was unable to appear in her last year’s examination because she was admitted to hospital nursing critical injuries.

According to the girl’s father, the accused was set on bail by a court because he belongs to an influential family. He told Dawn that they were feeling threatened and the thought of sending his daughter for her third-year examination in the hall where the attacker would be present sent shivers down his spine. He, however, sounded optimistic that the accused would be convicted after completion of the trial.

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