A Karachi court on Saturday sentenced a defendant convicted of killing an inspector during an armed robbery in 2016.
Muhammad Danish, aka Punchi, was convicted of shooting 30-year-old Hasham Younus for resistance during an assault attempt within the mandate of the Brigade police station in August 2016.
Additional District and Sessions Judge (East) Haleem Ahmed found him guilty of murder after recording evidence and final arguments from both sides. The judge also ordered the convicted person to pay Rs200,000 as compensation to the legal heirs of the victim or spend six months in prison for noncompliance.
The co-defendant in the case, Syed Subhan Ali, was acquitted due to lack of evidence to link his role in the murder.
According to the prosecution, Younus, an inspector of the Strategic Planning Division, along with his father Younus Nazeer, then acting superintendent of the Sindh Rangers, were heading home on his motorcycle, when an unknown armed motorcyclist had tried to steal them from MA Jinnah Road in front of the Taj Medical Complex on the night of August 6, 2016.
The defendant shot Younus by showing resistance during an attempt to steal a cell phone, managing to flee later. Younus had died in the hospital during treatment.
A case was filed under Sections 302 (premeditated murder), 393 (attempted robbery), 397 (robbery or daco, with the intent to cause death or serious injury) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Criminal Code on complaint of the victim's father at the Brigade police station.