LAHORE - The Lahore High Court yesterday admitted the appeal of the Punjab government against the acquittal of Mustafa Kanju in Zain murder case. During the Wednesday’s hearing, the LHC issued notices to Mustafa Kanju and his accomplices and sought reply. A division bench headed by Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi heard the case. An additional prosecutor general Abdul Samad submitted that the DNA report had confirmed that the blood stains on the clothes of Kanju’s security guard had matched with Zain’s.

The prosecutor told the bench that the DNA report was the main evidence which was not presented before the trial court while the accused were acquitted. Beside that, many witnesses and the complainant refused to give testimony before the trial court which subsequently benefited Mustafa Kanju, the main accused, and his other four accomplices, the prosecutor submitted.

He further pointed out that the matter could not meet the ends of justice.

Previously, the court took exception to prosecution for not presenting DNA report timely in such an important case. The court ordered it to produce it before the court at every cost. The court had observed that the prosecution should have shown some responsibility in the case of Kanju.

On October 29, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali took suo motu notice of Mustafa Kanju’s acquittal by a Lahore anti-terrorism court in the Zain murder case.

Earlier, on Oct 26, an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) acquitted Kanju, son of former state minister Sadique Kanju, and his guards namely Ikramullah, Asif, Saifullah and Sadiq after eight prosecution witnesses, including Sohail Afzal, complainant of the FIR refused to give testimony before the court. On April 1, Mustafa Kanju had allegedly opened fire on a vehicle near Lahore’s Cavalry Ground area, killing Zain and leaving a passerby injured after fiery arguments.