SC sus­pends ac­quit­tal of 68 ac­cused

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IS­LAM­ABAD: The Supreme Court on Fri­day stayed the Pe­shawar High Court ac­quit­tal of 68 ter­ror­ists who were awarded sen­tence by mil­i­tary courts.

While grant­ing stay or­der in the mat­ter, a two-mem­ber bench of the Supreme Court led by Jus­tice Az­mat Saeed Sheikh also is­sued direc­tives to jail su­per­in­ten­dent to halt re­lease of the ac­cused per­son till fi­nal de­ci­sion of the court.

Most of the ac­cused per­sons were awarded cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment; how­ever, Pe­shawar High Court had ac­quit­ted them on the grounds of in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence.

Ap­pear­ing on be­half the de­fence min­istry, deputy at­tor­ney gen­eral Sa­jid Ilyas Bhatti urged the bench to turn down the PHC ver­dict say­ing ac­cused per­sons were in­volved in ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­ity and noth­ing was wrong in the ev­i­dence against them.

IS­LAM­ABAD: Pres­i­dent Dr. Arif Alvi talk­ing to Chair­man, Pak­istan Stock Ex­change Su­laiman S. Me­hdi who called on him, here Fri­day. - PID photo

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