The Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered to release of the accused who attacked the former president and military ruler General Pervez Musharraf.
A three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Sardar Tariq Masood heard the case related to the non-release of the accused Rana Tanveer despite the completion of his sentence. During the hearing, the petitioner’s lawyer Hashmat Habib said that his client has completed his sentence, however, he is still not being released.
“The term of life imprisonment is 14 years and my client has been in the prison for almost 20 years,” said Habib.
After hearing arguments from both sides, the top court rejected the federal and Punjab governments’ pleas against Tanveer’s release and ordered the jail authorities to set him free.
Tanveer was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2005 by the apex court after he was arrested on 31st December 2003, in the Rawalpindi pump attack case.
The petitioner’s lawyer argued that his client had not been released despite serving his life imprisonment. He noted that the span of his life sentence was 14 years but his client was in jail for around two decades now.
After the conclusion of the arguments, the SC bench ordered to release of Tanveer as it upheld a decision of the high court and rejected the appeals filed by the federation and Punjab against the ruling.
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