LAHORE JULY 29 (TNS): Magistrate Mubashir Awan at Cantonment Courts here on Saturday sentenced the primary suspect to seven years in prison.
The verdict was announced after finding suspect Shah Husain guilty of attempted murder. The court ordered police to immediately arrest Husain.
Khadija, a law student, was attacked by her class fellow, Shah Husain, on May 3, 2016, near Shimla Hill where she along with her driver had gone to pick her younger sister from school. Both sisters were about to get into their car when the helmet-wearing suspect attacked Khadija with a knife and stabbed her 23 times leaving her critically injured.
Civil Lines police had registered a case against Shah Husain on charges of attempted murder. The convict happens to be son of a lawyer, Tanvir Hashmi. Lahore High Court Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah had on May 23 last taken an administrative notice of the delay in the trial and directed the court to conclude it within 30 days by holding a day-to-day hearing.
Magistrate Awan seized with the trial took over two months to wind up the proceedings. During the trial proceedings, the prosecution presented 11 witnesses to establish the accused guilty of having attempted murder. The defense had requested the court to delete the offence of attempted murder from the FIR, however, its plea was turned down by the judge.