Supreme Court Converts Death Sentence Of Murder Accused Into Life Imprisonment
The Supreme Court on Wednesday converted the death penalty of murder accused Saifullah into life imprisonment giving him benefit of doubt
A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa and comprising Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Yahya Afridi heard the case through videolink from SC Lahore Registry.
Saifullah and his brothers were involved in a dispute over distribution of the family's land. Accused Saifullah during the fight opened fire at a brother, when another tried to escape from the scene, he also fired over him.
"Who was present in reconciliation between the two parties," chief justice Khosa asked.
A sister Zubaida and heirs of the deceased agreed to pardon the accused, the court was informed.
"The Indian law has been amended to make the reconciliation with heirs acceptable," Chief Justice Khosa observed. "The Supreme Court has also proposed the parliament for the same amendment in the law as Pakistan's law disallows this reconciliation," the chief justice said.