Killer of wife jailed for life
By Ishaq Tanoli
KARACHI: A sessions court on Wednesday sentenced a man to life in prison on charges of killing his wife in 2009 in Malir Cantt.
The court found Ammar Yasir Ali guilty of killing his wife Sadaf Rizvi in May 2009 within the remit of the Malir Cantt police station.
District and Sessions Judge (Malir) Syed Kusar Ali Bukhari pronounced his verdict after recording evidence of witnesses and final arguments from both sides.
The court also imposed a fine Rs50,000 on the convict and in case of default, he would have to undergo an additional two-year imprisonment.
The court in its verdict observed that the father of the victim woman, who lodged a formal complaint regarding the murder, not only held the accused responsible in his initial statement given to the police but he also testified against him in court.It added that the police recovered a TT pistol on a lead given by the accused and the ballistic report confirmed that the empty bullet casings found at the crime-scene were fired from the same pistol.
According to the verdict, the prosecution had examined six witnesses who testified against the accused and their evidence was corroborated by the documentary evidence as well as the footage of surveillance cameras installed outside the residence of the managing director of the Malir Development Authority, which was close to the place of crime.
After going through the entire evidence came up on record, the court was of the view that the prosecution successfully proved its case against the accused beyond a shadow of a doubt, the judgment concluded.
The court extended the benefit of Section 382-B (period of detention to be considered while awarding sentence of imprisonment) of the criminal procedure code to the convict.
According to the prosecution, on the evening of May 11, 2009 the victim left her father’s residence to see her in-laws, but she was shot dead and the body was found in a vehicle in the Malir Cantt area.
The victim’s father, Syed Shahbbir Hussain Rizvi, lodged an FIR (FIR 52/2009) under Section 302 (premeditated murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code at the Malir Cantt police station against unknown man.
However, on Oct 28, 2009 the complainant in his further statement accused his daughter’s husband, Ammar, of the murder and stated that he got married to the victim without the consent of his family and he made the last call to the victim and also informed the complainant about the incident.
The police arrested the accused on Nov 4 and during interrogations he confessed his guilt and led the police to his house where a pistol used in the crime was found, the prosecution said.
It added that this was the victim’s third marriage and she was pregnant at the time of her death.
The defence lawyer highlighted glaring contradictions in the statements of the witnesses and contended that the police violated Section 103 of the criminal procedure code as no private person was named as witness in the memo of recovery.
However, the prosecutor argued that since the place of recovery was situated in Malir Cantt, therefore private persons were reluctant to become witness.
The accused was produced in court in custody and the judge remanded him back to the prison along with his conviction warrant to serve out the remainder of his sentence.