Khadija Siddiqui case: Supreme Court announces verdict in petition

Khadija Siddiqui case: Supreme Court announces verdict in petition

ISLAMABAD — The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the five-year sentence for a law student for trying to kill his classmate in Lahore three years ago.

On Wednesday, a three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khosa, took up Khadija Siddiqi’s petition challenging the acquittal of her fellow student, Shah Hussain.

In 2018, a judicial magistrate sentenced Hussain to seven-year imprisonment. However, the same year in March, a sessions court shortened his jail term from seven years to five years. The Lahore High Court (LHC) had acquitted Hussain after which Siddiqui filed an appeal in the SC.

During the hearing today, Siddiqi, who arrived earlier from United Kingdom, and her sister appeared before the court. The CJP asked why Hussain was named as the stabber after five days since the accident. Siddiqi’s lawyer replied that his client was in critical condition and could not record her statements, local media reported.

The bench asked that Siddiqi’s sister was conscious then why was Hussain named in the case after a delay. When the CJP inquired about the victim’s wounds, her counsel replied that 12 of Siddiqi’s wounds were two centimeters deep.

Shah Hussain was taken into the custody by police shortly after the SC’s verdict.

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