Nazim Jokhio murder: SHC adjourns Jam Awais disqualification plea

KARACHI-The Sindh High Court on Monday adjourned a petition seeking disqualification of Jam Awais MPA, key accused of Nazim Jokhio murder till November 8. The election commission sought further time from the court for submitting its reply. Advocate Wazir Khoso appeared before the court on behalf of Jam Awais. The plea has become redundant after dissolution of the provincial assembly, the counsel argued. “Reconciliation is not a crime,” Jam Awais’s lawyer said. Jam Awais Gohram, Speaker Sindh Assembly, Chief Secretary Sindh and the election commission were made party in the petition filed by Barrister Ali Tahir. “Jam Awais has paid Diyet (blood money) to the family of the deceased in the murder case. After paying Diyet, Jam Awais didn’t remain truthful and trustworthy,” petitioner said.
“Trial court has in its decision wrote that PPP MPA, by paying Diyet has confessed his crime,” Barrister Ali Tahir said. “According to clause 53 of the Pakistan Penal Code, Diyet is punishment,” petitioner argued. Petitioner seeks court order to the Speaker Sindh Assembly for sending disqualification reference against Jam Awais, a member of the assembly. “He must be de-notified as member of the house over not being truthful and trustworthy,” petitioner said.

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