“O ye who believe! be strict in observing justice, and be witnesses for Allah, even though it be against yourselves or against parents and kindred. Whether he be rich or poor, Allah is more regardful of them both than you are. Therefore follow not low desires so that you may be able to act equitably. And if you conceal the truth or evade it, then remember that Allah is well aware of what you do.” (Al Quran 4:135/136)
Bureau Report Published September 27, 2022 Updated 3 days ago
PESHAWAR: A local court has acquitted two men on the charge of killing an Ahmadi homeopath in his clinic on the outskirts of the provincial capital last year.
Additional sessions judge Attaullah Jan ruled that the accused facing trial, Ehsanullah of Bara tehsil in Khyber tribal district as well as his co-accused of Darra Adamkhel, a juvenile person,were given the benefit of doubt for acquittal in the murder case.
He added that Ehsanullah, who was in custody, would be released forthwith if he was not wanted in any other case.
The co-accused has already been freed after the grant of bail.
Gives accused benefit of doubt in case
The deceased, Dr Abdul Qadir, 65, was attacked in his clinic in Bazidkhel area on Feb 11, 2021, by the prime accused during a visit. Ehsanullah, who pretended to be a patient, allegedly fired gunshots at the homeopath and tried to escape.
However, he was allegedly overpowered by the deceased’s cousin, Dr Ibne Amin, who was present in the clinic at that time.
The co-accused was arrested after he, as the police claimed, was named by the prime accused as his accomplice during initial investigation.
The prime accused had allegedly told police that the co-accused had provided him with the pistol used in the murder.
The FIR of the targeted killing was registered at the Inqilab police station under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code and Section 13 of the Arms Act.
The complainant in the case was Dr Ibne Amin, who claimed that he was present at the clinic and had gone to another room for attending a phone call when he heard fire shots.
The complainant claimed that he chased the prime accused and caught him near the clinic before handing him over to the policemen, which showed up later.
He claimed that his cousin was killed for religious reasons.
The family members of the deceased didn’t pursue trial.
The defence counsel contended that the prosecution’s case was ‘full of doubts’ and that the accused were falsely implicated in it.
He argued that there was no witness to the killing, so merely on basis of rumours and allegations, the accused couldn’t be convicted.
Published in Dawn, September 27th, 2022