How public prosecutors performed

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LAHORE – During the year 2010, all anti-terrorism and district courts of Punjab convicted 34 terrorists, nominated in 20 different cases.
Anti-terrorism courts also heard eight cases related to throwing acid on women. An anti terrorism court convicted an accused nominated in such a case for 77-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1.2 million.
According to the details issued by Punjab Prosecutor General Dr Muhammad Anwar Khan Gondal, during the last eleven months, anti-terrorism courts in the province awarded death sentences to 114 accused and convicted life imprisonment to 144 accused.
While, during the same time, session courts awarded death sentences to 961 and convicted life imprisonment to 826 accused. Dr Anwar said in his statement that all this was made possible because of the professional assistance by the prosecutors appointed in said courts.
He said the ratio of conviction as compared to acquittal in different cases was 69 percent, because of the prosecutors’ active aid. He said that through out the Punjab 426 prosecutors are working in sub-ordinate judiciary, while 409 more prosecutors are being appointed in the province through the Punjab Public Service Commission.