SHC acquits five men sentenced in Perween Rahman murder case.

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court Monday morning nullified the life-imprisonment sentences handed down to five accused persons in the Perween Rahman murder case.

In its order, the high court ordered the release of Raheem Swati, Ayaz Swati, Amjad Hussain Khan, Ahmed Khan alias Pappu Kashmiri, and Imran Swati, who had appealed against the verdict of an anti-terrorism court. "...the appellants are entitled to the benefit of the doubt as a matter of right as opposed to concession and in this case, as mentioned above we have found many doubts concerning the appellant's involvement in the murder of the deceased," the order read.

In December last year, an ATC court in the metropolis sentenced four of the accused to back-to-back life imprisonment in the murder case of the social activist. The ATC sentenced Ayaz, Raheem, Amjad, and Ahmed to double life imprisonment after they were found guilty of her murder. The fifth accused, Imran, was awarded a sentence of seven years for being an accomplice in the murder of Rahman. Following the passing of the order, the high court asked relevant authorities to release the five people if they were not wanted in any other case.

Parveen, who was a renowned urban planner and social activist, was murdered in a drive-by shooting on her car at the Banaras flyover a few minutes after she left her office for home on March 13, 2013. The case was initially registered at the Pirabad police station under Sections 302 (premeditated murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code. However, Supreme Court ordered a judicial inquiry which was conducted by the then-district and session...

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