Pakistan Supreme Court rejects Shafqat’s plea

A three-member bench of the apex court heard the appeal against the implementation of the death sentence awarded to Shafqat Hussain.



By Afzal Khan

Published: Thu 11 Jun 2015, 11:29 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:56 PM

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the appeal of death row convict Shafqat Hussain to set up a judicial commission to determine his age.

A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk, heard the appeal against the implementation of the death sentence awarded to Shafqat. He was sentenced to death after being found guilty of molesting a child and then murdering him.

During the hearing, Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk remarked that the issue of Shafqat had, to a large extent, been cleared by the courts. He said the verification of his age could only be re-evaluated by the relevant authorities. He also said that the apex court does not want to interfere with the work of “any institution”.

The chief justice said that only the president has discretionary powers to grant clemency, adding that the court could not do anything in this regard. He said legal proceedings end after the review petition has been dealt with. -news@khaleejtimes.com


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