Gilgit-Baltistan: ATC Awards Death Sentence for Assassinating a DSP

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GILGIT (ET): An anti-terrorism court (ATC) sentenced two people to death on Tuesday on charges of assassinating DSP Muhammad Ibrahim in Gilgit last year.

In addition to the death penalty, ATC Judge Raja Shahbaz Khan also handed down a 10-year imprisonment sentence to Azhar Hussain and Shaukat Hussain alias Major for the high-profile killing. The offenders are residents of Barmas and Khomer.

Two others charged in the case include Wajahat Hussain and Sajid Hussain and were sentenced for life imprisonment and fined Rs300,000 each.

Wajahat and Shaukat are yet to be arrested, while Azhar and Sajid are in police custody. Advocates Manzoor Hussain and Ansar Ali were representing the offenders.

Lawyer Imran Hussain said those charged for the offences can submit an appeal to the court within 10 days.

DSP Ibrahim, a resident of Astore valley, was killed on January 4, 2012 in front of his house in Nagral area while returning home from office late night. He had been posted in the investigative wing of the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) police and was working on cases involving sectarian killings at a time when sectarian bloodshed in G-B was on the rise.

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