CJ Iftikhar Cahudhry says God’s name being used to evade justice

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KARACHI: CJ Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry on Friday said pardoning in God’s name somebody convicted of murder by a court of law was tantamount to avoiding the regulation.The head justice’s comments come days after the parents and two sisters of Shahzeb Khan, who was murdered in freezing blood by a business tycoon’s son and his three accomplices, approached the Sindh High Court to request acquittal of the convicts after pardoning them “in the name of Allah”.

The pardon of the men convicted of Shahzeb’s killing triggered a prevalent debate over whether the country’s elite could be held accountable for misdeeds they committed as the major suspect belonged to powerful feudal families.

Today, head Justice Iftikhar was talking on the matter during the hearing of another killing case.

The head justice stated that it was incorrect to use Quranic verses and religion for individual profits.

He said most pain persons and families were generally forced into pardoning the convict, adding that it was the responsibility of the court(s) to avert actions that harm not only certain people and families, but humanity at large from occurring.

CJ Iftikhar announced that if an affirmation between the parties fails to convey calm to either of the two, it could not be regarded as such. The agreement between the parties has to be legitimate for a court of regulation to permit the pardon for the convict(s).

The CJ has asked Attornery General Munir A. Malik about all four provincial prosecutor generals and Advocate Shahid Hamid, , for their opinions on the topic pertaining to pardon in killing situations by September 23.

Author: Ghu Hasa

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