Murderer of polio worker sentenced to death

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Wednesday sentenced a man to death for killing a polio worker in a December 2012 attack, the first ever death sentence handed down by a civilian court of the country for a polio worker’s murder.

The convict, Afsar Khan, along with an absconding accused, Jahangir Khan, had shot dead a young volunteer of an anti-polio drive, Umar Farooq Mehsud, on December 17, 2012. Thirty-year-old Mehsud was passing through Khadim Solangi Goth while returning home on his motorbike when he was targeted by the two men.

The court, while announcing capital punishment for Afsar Khan, ordered efforts for the arrest of the other so that he too could be tried for the murder. A permanent warrant of arrest against Jahangir Khan was also issued. The court also imposed a fine of Rs200,000 on Afsar. The polio worker, Mehsud, had died while being shifted to a nearby private hospital and the murder case was registered with the Sohrab Goth police. …

Original published: 2017-12-07 05:00:00 Read the full Karachi News here

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