'Lifer' awarded death sentence in retrial of honour killing case.

LARKANA -- A man who was awarded life term by a trial court on July 31, 2018 for killing his wife in the name of honour was sentenced to death in a retrial. His father, who was also jailed for life under the July 31 judgement for his alleged complicity in the murder, was exonerated from the charges in the retrial.

Ali Raza Mughal was accused of killing his wife, Sehar Mughal, on March 18, 2017 in the name of honour over her alleged suspicious character. She had delivered a male baby just a week before she was murdered.

Both Ali Raza and his father, Abdul Sattar Mughal, were jailed for life by the trial court. They later filed an appeal in the Sindh High Court's Larkana bench against the trial court's judgement and after hearing the convicts' case, the SHC had ordered a retrial.

Pronouncing his judgement on Thursday, the Jacobabad District and Sessions Judge, Abdul Ghafoor Kalhoro, remarked that Ali Raza deserved capital punishment and his father, Abdul Sattar, was found innocent.

The judge also ordered Ali Raza to pay a fine of Rs500,000.

Both the accused were present in the court when the judgement was pronounced. Ali Raza was sent to the Larkana Central Prison and Abdul Sattar to the Jacobabad District Jail by police, who were asked by the judge to set the latter free if he was not wanted in any other case.

The murder FIR was...

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