In a case that went shockwaves throughout the country, the Lahore High Court just yesterday freed Shah Hussain, who was convicted after stabbing Khadija Siddiqui multiple times. The decision to free him despite all the evidence against him was met with universal outrage throughout the country.
People demanded that justice be done. And for a time it seemed like another well-connected and influential criminal could go scot-free. However, a huge backlash from social as well as electronic media finally prompted the Chief Justice of Pakistan to notice of the matter.
Chief Justice Saqib Nisar took notice of the acquittal yesterday. The CJP directed the authorities to submit the case’s record before thr Supreme Court’s Lahore registry on June 10.
The case dates back to 2016 when, Shah Hussain – the culprit in the case – stabbed fellow student Khadija Siddiqui 23 times in broad daylight. Despite the brutal assault, which was witnessed by many people, Khadija survived and lived to tell the tale.
Khadija went to the courts, hopeful of getting justice. Her assailant Hussain was convicted and sentenced to seven years of rigorous imprisonment.
According to reports, the accused even confessed to his crime. However, despite that, the apex provincial court let the culprit walk free.
The court found enough evidence including eyewitnesses and victim’s wounds to establish that the motive behind the stabbing was to kill.
Shah Hussain – who is also the son of an influential senior lawyer – then filed an appeal in a sessions court against the decision. The sessions court reduced his sentence from 7 years to 5 years. The culprit then went to Lahore High Court to file another appeal against the reduced sentence.
The LHC then ruled in favor of the culprit, acquitting him of all charges.
The decision shocked the entire country after which many celebrities gathered to support Khadija Siddiqui.
Khadija told media outlets that she will file an appeal in the Supreme Court and won’t rest until justice is done in her case.
It is hoped that Chief Justice Saqib Nisar takes this case to its logical end.