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Barrister Fahad Malik’s murder case: Court awards life sentences to main accused

The court handed life terms to Raja Arshad, Raja Hashim, and Noman Khokhar, who were nominated in the August 2016 murder case.

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After six years, an Islamabad-based court awarded life sentences to three accused in the 2016 murder case of Barrister Fahad Malik.

According to the details, the court handed life terms to Raja Arshad, Raja Hashim, and Noman Khokhar, who were nominated in the August 2016 murder case.

All three accused were present in the court when the judge announced the verdict of the murder case.

In August 2016, Barrister Fahad Malik was shot dead in a clash with powerful gangsters in Sector F-1, Islamabad. Since then, his family has been seeking the path of justice.

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Barrister Fahad Malik was a British national who had settled in Pakistan. He was the nephew of former Senate Chairman and former Federal Minister for Privatization Mohammad Mian Soomro and was also the brother-in-law of PTI leader and former SAPM Zulfi Bukhari.

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The manner in which Barrister Fahad Malik was murdered and the subsequent delays in justice put into question the influence powerful gangs have in Pakistani society. Barrister Fahad Malik was murdered, in a shooting on a busy road in Islamabad. Malik was leaving Shalimar police station after duty, acting for a client, when his car was stopped, and he was showered with bullets. The incident occurred a few hundred meters from the PM office.

Three accused — Raja Arshad, Nauman Khokar, and Raja Hashim Khan — were taken into custody on murder charges. Arshad was caught at the Torkham border by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) as he attempted to flee to Afghanistan a few days after the murder.

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Since then, it has been a long journey for Barrister Fahad Malik’s family as they sought justice. His brother Jawad Malik has been at the forefront of an intense legal battle in which the three accused had used every delaying tactic possible to prevent justice.