SC dismisses review petition of a death sentence convict

ISLAMABAD:The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a review petition filed by a death sentence convict Abdul Qayyum. A three-member Bench of the court, headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa and comprising Justice Sardar Tariq Masood and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed, heard the review appeal and maintained death sentence. During the course of proceedings, Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa remarked that the current interpretation of the life imprisonment law was flawed and expressed the intent to re-examine it at an appropriate time. He observed that the span of life imprisonment was limited to 25 years when it was meant to last a lifetime. He expressed the intent to review the law and remarked that the court would thoroughly interpret the law at an appropriate time. Once it happens, convicts will ask for a death sentence instead of life imprisonment, he added. Referring to judicial practice in India, the chief justice remarked that there life sentences were given with period of imprisonment.