LAHORE - The Supreme Court (SC) will take up the Khadija Siddiqui stab case at Lahore Registry today.

On Thursday, the Lahore High Court had issued a detailed judgement on acquittal of the man convicted on charges of stabbing his classmate Khadija 23 times. The court held the prosecution “failed to establish the case beyond a reasonable doubt”.

Also on Thursday, Shah’s father Advocate Syed Tanvir Hashmi moved a resolution to the Lahore High Court Bar Association, demanding that the country’s top court make rules on suo motu powers.  On May 3, 2016, Shah Hussain reportedly stabbed his class fellow Khadija on a busy road in the provincial capital in broad daylight. Khadija’s agony came to the spotlight when she was forced to sit an exam with her attacker. On July 30, 2017 a judicial magistrate sentenced stabber Shah Hussain to seven years in jail. A sessions court, however, in March this year commuted by two years the rigorous imprisonment awarded by the trial court to Shah and set aside the minor penalties.  In the 12-page detailed judgement on criminal revision moved by Shah, Justice Sardar Ahmad Naeem of Lahore High Court held: “He (Shah Hussain) is given benefit of doubt and acquitted of the charges.”

According to a supplementary cause list uploaded on the SC website, the two-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar will take up Khadija stab case, case of fee structure of private medical colleges and application of Young Doctors Association to become party in the case.

Earlier, the CJP landed at Lahore airport and stayed with passengers for more than an hour.