LHC turns down appeals by three terrorists against convictions


A Lahore High Court (LHC) division bench on Tuesday dismissed appeals of three terrorists against their conviction.

The division bench comprising Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan and Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi heard the appeals filed by Qari Usman, Sajjad Akhtar and Amanullah challenging the life term imprisonment they had been awarded by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in 2009.

Earlier, the counsel for the accused submitted that Mianwali police had failed to produce any evidence against his clients during the trial, but the ATC still awarded them life term sentences, besides imposing fine on them.

The counsel submitted that the trial court had failed to appreciate the case facts, therefore, the convictions be set aside.

However, a deputy prosecutor told the bench that over 500 kilogrammes of explosive material and two suicide jackets were recovered from the accused. Police officials had found them guilty during the investigation after which the trial court gave them the sentence on the basis of solid evidence against them, he added.

The court after hearing the arguments and examining available record dismissed the appeals.