KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday issued fresh notice to Bilal Mustafa Khar, the prime suspect in Fakhra Younus acid attack case, to file comments on a petition seeking reopening of the acid attack case.
A division bench of the SHC headed by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar, which was seized with the matter, was informed that Bilal was arrested by Kot Addu police three days back in an attack case and currently was in custody of Punjab police. Hence, the bench issued notice to Bilal through IG Punjab.
The petition was jointly filed by three NGOs – Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research, Shirkat Gah and Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (through Advocate Faisal Siddiqui) – calling for effective implementation of criminal laws for investigation of crimes against women, particularly acid attack cases.
Ms Fakhra had committed suicide by jumping off the sixth floor of her apartment in the Italian city of Rome on March 17, 2012. Her husband Bilal Khar, son of former Punjab governor Ghulam Mustafa Khar, had allegedly burned her face with acid in 2000.
Advocate Faisal Siddiqui representing petitioners said that Bilal, who attacked her wife in May 2000, was arrested after a delay of nearly two years and finally acquitted by a sessions judge in South Karachi on December 16, 2003 on lack of evidence.
He said Bilal was acquitted as four eyewitnesses could not identify him in court. The judgement was given without fulfilling legal requirements. It was an illegal judgement and the case shall be reopened, he added. Faisal said that Fakhra’s case should be reinvestigated under the guidelines of the newly enacted the Criminal Law (Second Amendment) Act 2011 through which necessary amendments were made to the previous law to control crimes against women.
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