Three men get life-term in murder case

KARACHI: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Monday awarded life imprisonment on two counts to three accused in kidnapping for ransom and murder case.

ATC judge Javed Alam found three accused – Amaar Asad, Arsalan and Masroor – guilty of kidnapping and murdering Shoaib Adil, son of a businessman. However, a co-accused Sikandar Baloch was acquitted due to lack of evidence against him.

The ATC judge pronounced the verdict after recording evidences, statements of witnesses, and hearing arguments from both sides. The Court also imposed a fine of Rs 100,000 on each and they will have to undergo an additional one-year imprisonment if he fails to pay the fine.

According to prosecution, Amaar Asad, Arsalan and Masroor were accused of kidnapped Shoaib Adil, a student of first year on 7 May 2009 when he was going to take his class. The accused had demanded a ransom of Rs 5,000,000 from the captive’s family but after bargaining Adil’s family paid Rs 500,000 to accused. After taking the ransom, the accused killed the captive and threw his body to Lyar River.

It is pertinent to mention here that the accused Masroor was under age at the time of incident and his case was separately heard under the Juvenile Justice System Ordinance (JJSO), 2000. JJSO is a local ordinance promulgated in Pakistan in 2000 to provide for protection of the rights of children involved in criminal litigation.

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