ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad district and sessions judge on Monday sentenced to death five men for killing an additional registrar of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Syed Hammad Raza, in 2007. Judge Akmal Khan awarded the death sentence with a fine Rs 200,000.
Those sentenced to death are Sharifud din, Bashirud Din, Mumtaz Hussain, Mir Afzal and Mushtaq Hussain. However, accused Muhammad Basharat was given benefit of doubt and the judge ordered his release. In his verdict, the judge said in case of fine default, the convicts would have to face additional two months in jail.
The court also directed the convicts to pay Rs 200,000 to heirs of Hammad Raza and if they failed to do so, they would have to remain in jail for additional six months.
Abdul Salam advocate pleaded the case of Muhammad Basharat, while, Saba Mohiuddin pleaded the case of those who were awarded the death sentence.
Syed Hammad Raza was gunned down at his home on May 14, 2007. He belonged to the District Magistrate Group and was considered a close confidant of then suspended chief justice of Pakistan Justice Muhammad Iftikhar Chaudhry.