SC acquits life sentence convict after 12 years

ISLAMABAD:The Supreme Court acquitted on Tuesday a murder suspect convicted a decade ago.

Qammar Zaman was awarded capital punishment by a Gujranwala sessions judge in a murder case in 2005, which was later converted into life imprisonment by the Lahore High Court (LHC). He had been implicated for murdering Ghulam Sabir in Gujranwala in 2005.

Hearing the suspect’s appeal against the LHC order, a three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa ordered his acquittal, giving him benefit of doubt on murder charges.

Justice Asif Khosa remarked that Police captures the accused but false witnesses are maneuver.

Justice Khosa remarked that they believed false witnesses had been made. The justice system cannot function without true witnesses, he added. It is common practice to make false witnesses and blame the courts for not delivering the justice.

He remarked that false witnesses are real crime whereas God has ordered us to be a true witness. God knows everything even then witness is required, he added.