Wali Babar Murder: Faisal Mota files appeal in SHC

KARACHI: A convict, Faisal Memhmood alias Faisal Mota, who was awarded death sentence in journalist Wali Khan Babar murder case, filed an appeal against the ruling on Tuesday.

Faisal Mota was sentenced to death by an Anti-terrorism court (ATC) in absentia in March, 2014 for masterminding the 2011 murder of Geo TV’s reporter, Wali Khan Babar.

On Tuesday, the counsel for convict filed an appeal with Sindh High Court challenging his sentence in the murder case. In plea, the court has been pleaded to overturn the ruling of ATC as it was awarded in absentia. He added the death sentence cannot be awarded in absentia as per anti-terrorism laws.

Faisal was arrested by the paramilitary troops during raid at Nine Zero, the headquarters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in Karachi, as well as the party’s public secretariat in Khursheed Begum Memorial Hall, Azizabad

On March 1, 2014, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Kandhkot had announced sentences in Wali Khan Babar murder case, awarding death sentence to two and life imprisonment to four accused. Proclaimed offenders, including Kamran alias Zeeshan and Faisal Mota, were sentenced to death in absentia.

Journalist Wali Khan Babar was gunned down in Liaquatabad area of Karachi on January 13, 2011 when he was returning home from office.

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