SC overturns PHC decision, sentences man to life in murder case


PESHAWAR: The Supreme Court on Thursday overturned the Peshawar High Court’s (PHC) decision that acquitted a murder suspect and handed him a life sentence for killing a teenager.

The court also ordered the immediate arrest of the man.

A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khosa, heard a review petition against the PHC’s acquittal of Hazrat Ali in the murder of a 17-year-old boy.

The man was sentenced for life by a trial court, however, the PHC had acquitted him.

During the proceedings, the CJP lashed out against the practice of giving false statements before courts, stating that it creates hurdles for courts.

Observing that “none of the witnesses had spoken the truth in this case”, Justice Khosa lamented that witnesses had no regard for their oath.

“The purpose of investigation agencies is to present the truth,” he added.

“Here [in Pakistan] four people from a village say that an incident took place in broad daylight and four other people from the same village say that the same incident took place at night.”