Thursday, October 21, 2021

‘Mazar-e-Quaid gang rape case verdict to be challenged’

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Sindh Governor Imran Ismail has written a letter to the provincial government challenging the Sessions Court’s decision in the Mazar-e-Quaid gangrape case in the high court.

The Sindh Governor wrote separate letters to the Advocate General and the Prosecutor General stating that the decision of the Sessions Court was not in line with the decisions of the High Courts. This decision has increased the sense of insecurity among women.

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A day ago, the Sindh High Court declared the acquittal of the accused in the Mazar-e-Quaid rape case null and void after eight years and decided to re-hear the case and ordered the trial court to complete the trial within three months. However, a total of 13 years have passed since the incident and those responsible have not been convicted.

The Sindh High Court granted the appeal against the acquittal of accused Mazar-e-Quaid Accountant Raja Arif, Engineer Arif Ansari and Security Supervisor Khadim Hussain and quashed the decision of the Sessions Court.

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It may be recalled that in 2008, Razia Al-Kabra, a woman from South Punjab, was gang-raped by the accused. Accused Security Supervisor Khadim Hussain was arrested on the basis of the identity of the victim while the accused Raja Arif, Accountant of Mazar-e-Quaid Security and PA Arif Ansari, Resident Engineer were also arrested after the DNA report came out in the case. ۔

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