Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa declared the Lahore High Court’s decision null and void in Khadija stabbing case and ordered to arrest the accused Shah Hussain. Accused Shah Hussain was arrested to send back to jail where he will complete his five years sentence. The session court in Lahore convicted him for five years on the allegations of stabbing Khadija for 23 times. The LHC acquitted him from the charges and ordered his release.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Asif Saeed Khosa heard Khadija’s appeal against the LHC’s (LHC) acquittal of her attacker and classmate Shah Hussain. Khadija came back from Britain where she has been completing her law education to pursue her case in the Supreme Court.
As the hearing went under way, CJP Khosa was informed that suspect Shah Hussain was present in court. Justice Khosa remarked, “We want to see whether the LHC’s conclusion was in accordance with the evidence.”
The Chief Justice asked questions to Khadija’s lawyer regarding the case. The bench also provided opportunity to the accused to put forward his argument before the court. After hearing the arguments from both sides, the bench passed the order to set aside the LHC decision of Shah Husain’s acquittal.
On May 3, 2016, Shah Hussain stabbed Khadija 23 times on busy street in Lahore. Shah Hussain was the classmate and close friend of law student Khadija. They ended friendship later. He managed to flee from the scene of the crime but was captured on a mobile camera by an eyewitness. Shah Hussain is the son of a prominent lawyer based in Lahore.
On July 29, Lahore judicial magistrate sentenced Hussain to seven years in prison, however, on June 4, the Lahore High Court acquitted Hussain. Former chief justice Saqib Nisar took suo motu notice of the acquittal in June 2018.
Finally, Khadija get the justice from Supreme Court. She was brutally attacked and it was miracle that she survived so many injuries on her body. She faced harassment, intimidation and character assassination from her opponents but never give up her struggle to get justice.
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17 November, 2019