Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa, while hearing the appeals of the accused in a case relating to a suicide attack in Dera Ghazi Khan’s Sakhi Sarwar Darbar, upheld a life imprisonment sentence awarded by a trial court to a suicide bomber involved in attack.
The court declared a death penalty sentence awarded to a second accused in the same case as null and void. The accused, Bahram alias Sufi Baba was given the death penalty 52 times. Bahram was accused of preparing the suicide bomb for the attack and earlier sentenced to death 52 times and life imprisonment 73 times. The SC, however, declared the sentence null and void as the prosecution did not provide sufficient evidence. The second accused, Umar Fidai, had been sentenced to life imprisonment 125 times by a trial court. The appeal against his sentence was dismissed by the SC.
\As many as 52 people were killed, including five children and nine women, as a result of twin suicide blasts at Sakhi Sarwar shrine in 2011. Hundreds of devotees from different parts of the country had gathered at the shrine for the annul Urs celebrations when the attacks took place. According to details, 52 devotees were killed and over 90 others received multiple injuries when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the main gate of Hazrat Sakhi Sarwar shrine followed by another blast within three minutes.
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23 August, 2019