Islamabad - The Islamabad High Court yesterday turned down a petition of a Pakistani origin British national who is allegedly involved in killing of 8 people with a petrol bomb.

A single bench of IHC comprising Chief Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi conducted hearing of the petition of Shahid Mehmood who prayed to the court not to extradite him to Britain as he is ready to face the trail before a Pakistani court and also could pay blood money to the heirs of Pakistan origin British family whose 8 members were killed.

Earlier, the IHC CJ stayed his extradition to Britain after the petitioner had filed the petition against his possible extradition to Britain in May this year.

According to the details, it was May 12, 2002 when Shahid Mehmood along with three other accused including Nazar Hussain, Shakil Shehzad and Shahid Iqbal threw a petrol bomb at a house situated on Osborne Road, Huddersfield, England. As a result, all the eight people who were sleeping in the house were killed.

Then, the accused Shahid Mehmood escaped from the UK and came to Pakistan. However, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested Mehmood in January 2015 after British government took up this matter with Pakistani government and requested for his extradition.

Later, he was produced before the court of additional deputy commissioner of Islamabad where the accused stated that he was arrested by British police on May 12, 2002, and interrogated before being released on bail.

Mehmood contended before the court he could not be extradited because there is no treaty between Pakistan and UK governments. He also stated that he wanted to be tried by Pakistani courts and expressed his willingness to settle the issue through Islamic law of Qisas and Diyat.

In its reply, FIA said that Mehmood a fugitive offender is a UK national and he can face fair trial in the UK.

Advocate Qamar Afzal, the counsel for Mehmmod, adopted before the IHC that the inquiry report prepared by the additional deputy commissioner in this matter was flawed.

On the other hand, Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Fazalur Rehman Niazi contended before the court that the accused being fugitive of British court could not claim any relief from Pakistani courts. He informed the court that the additional commissioner after detailed examination of the matter recommended his extradition.

After hearing the arguments of both the sides, the IHC bench rejected the petition of accused Shahid Mehmood.