Man sentenced to death for killing pregnant woman

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Staff Report

ISLAMABAD

A model court in Islamabad on Saturday sentenced a man to death on charges of killing woman who was expecting a child.

The sentence was given by Additional District and Sessions Judge Raja Asif Mehmood, of a model court.

The accused, Mehboob ur Rehman, was facing charges of killing wife of a man named Waqas Shafiq. The woman was in the sixth month of her pregnancy.

The deceased lady’s husband had filed a case against the murderer.

After hearing arguments from both the sides, the sessions judge handed down a death sentence to the accused and also imposed a fine on him.

In March, the superior judiciary had decided the setting up of model courts in every district of the country to conduct daily trials to ensure speedy justice.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa had announced this during the meeting of the National Judicial (Policy Making) Committee (NJPMC) at the Supreme Court building in Islamabad last month.

The decision was taken to provide speedy justice to the public and to reduce the massive backlog of cases. It was decided that for timely conclusion of cases, model trial courts will not grant any adjournments. While, attendance of witnesses would be ensured through process servers for which SP-Investigation police officers of each district will act as a focal person.