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Khadija stabbing case: Shah Hussain arrested on SC orders

Shah Hussain, who stabbed law student Khadija Siddiqui 23 times in Lahore in May 2016, was arrested on Wednesday after the Supreme Court overturned the Lahore High Court (LHC) decision regarding his acquittal and ordered his imprisonment.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Asif Saeed Khosa heard Khadija’s appeal against the LHC’s (LHC) acquittal of her attacker and classmate Shah Hussain.

Declaring LHC’s acquittal of Shah Hussain as null and void, the top court ordered Shah Hussain’s arrest and upheld a decision of a sessions court to sentence him to five years in prison.

As the hearing went under way, CJP Khosa was informed that suspect Shah Hussain was present in court. Justice Khosa remarked, “We want to see whether the LHC’s conclusion was in accordance with the evidence.”

Khadija’s lawyer then told the bench, “The LHC did not see the complete evidence present in the case. Khadija’s sister also appeared as a witness.”

The lawyer of the law student continued, “Shah Hussain was Khadija’s classmate and stabbed her 23 times. He even attacked her twice on her neck. According to doctors, Khadija was bleeding when she was brought to the hospital.”

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