A Session court in Karachi gave life imprisonment to a former policeman, Zeeshan Umar for throwing acid on his ex-fiance, Raheela to take revenge over refusing his marriage proposal in 2015.

Zeeshan Umar was found guilty of attacking 19-year-old Raheela Raheem, her brother, and her nephew on July 5, 2015, in Mobina Town. Another accused Agha Sohrab was acquitted due to lack of evidence.

Additional District and Session Judge Javed Hyder Phulpoto pronounced the verdict reserved after recording arguments and pieces of evidence. The trial took six years to reach the final verdict.

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A fine of Rs1 million was also imposed on the convict by the judge.

Counsel of the complainant, Salahuddin Panhwar said that according to the prosecution, Umar and Raheela got engaged in 2015 but their relationship was called off after a few months because the victim’s family considered him (Umar) a mugger.

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He further said that Raheela went to a local shop to put henna on her hands on the day of the incident, a day before Eid. She was standing outside the house carrying her six-month-old nephew, Muhammad Hadi, when the culprit suddenly appeared and threw acid on her face and the child.

She lost one eye and her face got completely burnt. Her nephew also suffered serious burn injuries.

Prior to this, the Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered the police to give security to the victim and her family in 2017. The counsel emphasised that they still need protection since higher-ups of police failed to follow court’s orders.