The Court announced the verdict in the Asma Rani murder case. Asma Rani is the third-year medical student that was shot dead near her home.
According to Express News, District and Session Judge Peshawar, Ashfaq Taj, while delivering a brief verdict, sentenced Mujahid Afridi to death. Meanwhile, two accused, Sadiqullah Afridi and Shahzaib Khattak were acquitted.
Judge Ashfaq Taj held a special hearing at Central Jail Peshawar in light of security concerns.
Three years since the crime raised alarm bells about the security of women in Pakistan, the case has been closed.
Asma Rani Murder Case
Back in 2018, Asma Rani was murdered in Kohat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) for refusing a marriage proposal. At the time then chief justice of Pakistan, Saqib Nisar had taken suo motu notice of the incident.
Asma Rani named Mujahid Afridi as her assailant in a video statement before she died of her injuries.
Mujahid Afridi, the main accused in the homicide, had fled the country. He was later arrested by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) through Interpol. The case was transferred from Kohat to Peshawar on the orders of the Peshawar High Court.
Previously, Asma Rani’s sister, Safia Rani had alleged that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders Aftab Alam and Parliamentarian Sheheryar Afridi, were supporting the accused. She added that police were colluding with them too.
According to Safia, it is on record that the KP Police and PTI Kohat chapter President, Aftab Alam, knew Asma Rani was being threatened. However, they did nothing to stop Mujahid Afridi resulting in her sister being gunned down in broad daylight.
She added that Afridi threatened her family and continues to do so.
“Things have not changed. Threats to my family continue from the powerful killers. Our lives have been ruined.”
Over three years since Asma Rani’s murder, the case has finally been closed.