SC upholds death for convicts in triple murder case

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday upheld the death sentence awarded to convicts in a triple murder case.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khan Khosa rejected appeals moved by the convicts who assailed the Lahore High Court (LHC) ruling that had awarded them capital punishment in the case.

Back in 2007, Ilyas Gujjar, Heera Gujjar and Zahid Gujjar were murdered while Naved Ilyas and Tahir Mehmood wounded by a rival group over a petty issue in Lahore’s Azimpura.

Elaborating details of the case, Justice Khosa remarked that the victims were not murdered at one place but at three different places after being chased down by the convicts. Justice Khosa said the relevant trial court incorporated terror charges in the case which were later excluded by the high court during the hearing of the accused’s appeals.

The murders didn’t constitute terrorism but were result of personal enmity, he explained, upholding the LHC verdict.

On Monday, while hearing a case pertaining to a false testimony, the top adjudicator had remarked, ”All witnesses should know that even if a part of a testimony is based on lies it will be rejected, we are curbing false testimonies from today and starting from this witness who lied”.

Islam also states that if a part of a testimony is based on lies it should be rejected, he added.