Two men sentenced to death for killing MQM-workers: report

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KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Monday sentenced two men to death in a case concerning the killing of a worker of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and his brother, reported a leading English daily.

The court found Ibrahim alias Qari and Nasir Butt guilty of killing senior MQM activist, Mansoor Mukhtar and his brother Masood Mukhtar in their house in PIB Colony on March 27, 2012, while also injuring Masood’s wife.

The trial was conducted at the judicial complex inside the central prison, where the ATC-VI judge read out the conviction order after recording evidence of witnesses and conclusion of arguments from both sides. The court also handed down 10-year imprisonment to both accused for making an attempt on the life of Uzma Masood during the attack.

Fines were imposed as well upon the convicts but the capital punishment is subject to the confirmation from a high court. The prosecution examined around 10 witnesses in the case including the eyewitness Uzma Masood who had identified the accused persons before a judicial magistrate as well as the trial court. A district and sessions judge had also conducted a judicial inquiry into the double murder case.

Ahmed Ali, Fahim Gujjar, Shah Baloch and Fida Hussain, said to be associated with one of the several criminal gangs operating in Lyari, have been declared proclaimed offenders in the case.