ISLAMABAD -  The Supreme Court yesterday acquitted a convict, awarded death sentence in a kidnapping for ransom case, for want of evidence.

A three-member bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, heard the appeal of Muhammad Shahid, a convict, against the high court Verdict.

According to the case, Shahid in 2010 had kidnapped a 26-year-old man, Nisar Ahmed, for ransom from Lahore.

The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in 2011 awarded him death sentence, which was upheld by the Lahore High Court (LHC).

Justice Khosa remarked that a false story was cooked to implicate him in the case.

The lower court had released co-accused Shahbaz.

The court noted that information regarding kidnapping was given to police, while the kidnapped person was not recovered from the convict.

The court observed that the whole story of kidnapping seemed fake and concocted therefore; it ordered to release the convict.

Meanwhile, the same bench in another case, giving the benefit of the doubt ordered to release a life imprisonment convict.

The sessions court had awarded death sentence to Muhammad Anar for allegedly killing his lover’s husband.

However, the high court had commuted death sentence into life imprisonment.

Justice Khosa remarked that the high court did not have courage to release the accused.

He said unfortunately the accused spend whole life in jail, while no action was taken against those who gave false evidence.

The judge questioned how a person living two acres away, on hearing noise, reached the spot of murder.

He asked why the witnesses did not arrest the murderer at the spot when they saw him killing.

The court termed the statements of witnesses “unbelievable”.

The court observed that the deceased’s wife was first declared accused, and five days later she was killed too, while the deceased’s minor daughter was presented as witness.

The court noted that according to the girl’s statement the accused after killing his father was “milking a cow”.