RAWALPINDI: The federal government in a rather commendable move has challenged the verdict of the ATC in Benazir’s murder case through the FIA. The government has demanded that the court must award capital punishment to all the accused, instead of a jail term and fine to the police officers. Similar stance was adopted by the PPP co-chairman, Asif Ali Zardari.
The former president Pervez Musharraf is yet to face the court charges in the case. What still remains mysterious is the status of the five released members of militant organisations who were found to be the suspects in the case. The PPP hasn’t explicitly stated anything about these suspects. Surprisingly, those seeking justice are implicitly letting go off possibly the main culprits of the case. However, the FIA in its petition has sought a verdict regarding the five released suspects stating that they confessed their crime before the magistrate and hence, should be punished accordingly.
Considering that the FIA must has stated the correct facts and the suspects indeed confessed to their crime, the release on the basis of a lack of evidence appears more worrying. Why would the court still set them free?
The petition by the FIA and PPP are yet to be heard in the court and hopefully this time all those involved will be punished as per the law.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 1st, 2017.