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Death row murder convict acquitted after 8 years in jail

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After spending eight years in jail, the LHC has acquitted a Christian convict on death row for murder by giving him the benefit of doubt. AGHS represented Gulfam Masih as part of its free legal aid services to destitute and vulnerable prisoners.

UN rapporteurs call for halting death-row convict’s execution

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May 19th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; UN experts have called upon Pakistan to urgently halt the execution of Munawar Ali, who was sentenced to death despite being a minor at the time of the alleged offence and urged the President to grant his mercy petition after serving 20 years in prison.

Rights Watch | 31st March 2021

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Police on Tuesday arrested a man for abducting and raping a twelve-year-old girl in his home in the jurisdiction of the Jand police station in Attock. A case was registered after a medical examination confirmed sexual assault. For more news on human rights abuses in Pakistan, keep reading.

Man acquitted after spending 10 years in jail

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March 10th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; The Lahore High Court on Tuesday acquitted a man in a murder case after spending 10 years in jail. Lawyers from the Asma Jahangir Legal Aid Cell pleaded his appeal against conviction before the high court.

Woman on death row since four years finally acquitted

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March 9th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; The Lahore High Court on Tuesday overturned the murder conviction of a woman on death row, for the last four years, citing insufficient evidence. The Asma Jahangir Legal Aid Cell pleaded her appeal as part of free legal aid for destitute women convicts.

UN experts laud Pakistan for commuting death sentences of mentally ill inmates.

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February 19th, 2021; By Staff Reporter; LAHORE; United Nations’ experts on human rights have lauded Pakistan’s Supreme Court for commuting the death sentence of three mentally challenged inmates. The body has also called upon judiciaries worldwide to follow the example set by the SC of Pakistan.

SC commutes sentence of mentally-ill death row convicts in landmark verdict

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February 10th, 2021; By Staff Reporter; LAHORE; The Supreme Court on Wednesday, February 10, passed a landmark verdict on the cases of mentally ill prisoners on death row, commuting the sentences of two inmates with severe schizophrenia while directing prison officials to file a fresh mercy petition for the third death row inmate.
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Rights Watch | 29th January 2021

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Rawalpindi Additional District and Sessions court reserves verdict in the trial of one Waliullah Khan who raped and murdered his seven-year-old niece in November 2019. Counsel for juvenile offender who gunned down a blasphemy-accused in July 2020 contends ATCs have no jurisdiction in trying juveniles. Bahawalnagar ATC awards death to one Azhar Machi for raping and murdering a seven-year-old girl in Thengi Balochān, Chishtian in August 2019
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Rights Watch | 28th January 2021

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A junior doctor of the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Lahore was arrested for allegedly drugging and raping a woman. Khairpur police arrest 20 people for trying to marry a minor couple in Pir Goth, case registered under the Sindh Child Marriages Restraint Act 2013. Lahore High Court acquits two death row inmates, who had been languishing in prison for the past nine years, over insufficient evidence.
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Rights Watch | 26th January 2021

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Rawalpindi couple convicted of abducting, raping and blackmailing a student with footage of her assault, accused gets death penalty while his wife gets life term. A young university student who was abandoned by her paramour at the emergency ward of a Lahore hospital died due to a botched abortion, police have arrested the suspect as well as his accomplice. Civil society organizations express serious concern over amendment to KP child protection law that will make public videos of executions of sex offenders.