Islamabad trial court has sentenced Shahnawaz Amir to death for the brutal murder of Sarah Inam, a Canadian national. The court, headed by District and Sessions Judge Nasir Javed Rana, also imposed a fine of Rs1 million on the convicted husband, emphasizing that the amount would be disbursed to the bereaved family. The judgment on Sarah Inam’s murder case comes over a year after the tragic incident happened, observing the culmination of a legal process that involved intricate investigations and courtroom proceedings.

Landmark Verdict of Sarah Inam’s Murder Case Verdict

The court’s decision was met with a mix of emotions as Sarah’s parents and Shaukhat Mukaddam, father of another victim of gender-based violence, Noor Mukadam, witnessed the culmination of the trial. Shahnawaz Amir’s arrest in September of the previous year at a farmhouse in Islamabad’s Shahzad Town initiated a sequence of legal events that eventually led to the conviction. Notably, the court acquitted Shahnawaz’s mother, Samina Shah, who was a co-accused in the case.

In the aftermath of the court’s verdict announcement, Inamur Rahim, Sarah’s father, expressed satisfaction with the sentencing of Shahnawaz. However, he voiced his discontent regarding the absence of punishment for Samina Shah. Addressing the media, Rahim asserted that while the convict would be incarcerated and eventually face the death penalty, there remains a suspicion that Samina was involved in the murder and should also be held accountable for her alleged role in the crime.

Case History 

The case history reveals a meticulous investigation, with the police filing a First Information Report (FIR) for murder based on the complaint of the Station House Officer (SHO) Nawazish Ali Khan. As the proceedings unfolded, Shahnawaz’s confession to the crime and the detailed post-mortem examination conducted by Dr. Bushra Ashraf played major roles in establishing guilt. The court order, obtained by media outlets, emphasized that the prosecution had successfully proven Shahnawaz’s guilt “beyond shadow of any doubt,” leading to the conviction.

A year ago, Sarah, a 37-year-old economist and Canadian national, fell victim to a tragic murder orchestrated by Shahnawaz in Islamabad. Shahnawaz’s arrest occurred on September 23 of that year at a farmhouse in Shahzad Town, Islamabad.

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