The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday decided to transfer the appeal of Khadija Siddiqi against Lahore High Court (LHC)’s acquittal order for the convict by the trial court for brutally attacking a law student to a bench led by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.
The two-member bench consisted of the Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar and Justice Ijazul Ahsan began hearing the Khadija Siddiqi stabbing case in SC’s Lahore Registry on Sunday after taking notice of a single-bench verdict by Justice Sardar Ahmed Naeem which acquitted Shah Hussain of all charges and accepted his appeal against the seven-year sentence handed to him by a sessions court.
During the hearing, the chief justice expressed annoyance at Lahore High Court Bar Association’s undermining of SC by passing a resolution against the notice. “How did LHCBA pass a resolution against the apex court?” asked Justice Nisar.
The top judge questioned the convict’s father Tanvir Hashmi, a prominent LHC lawyer, how he managed to campaign against the SC. “Would you have done the same if a lawyer’s daughter had been attacked?”
Stressing that the apex court could see bar association politics at play, Justice Nisar remarked that the ploy will be unsuccessful.
Meanwhile, Khadija recalled the character assassination she had to endure during the court proceedings and asked SC to provide justice.