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Pak MP's wife Fakhra's acid attack case cannot be reopened: Law experts

Islamabad, Mon, 26 Mar 2012 ANI
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Islamabad, Mar 26 (ANI): Law experts have said the acid attacks case of former Pakistan MP Bilal Khar's wife Fakhra Younus can no longer be reopened.

An appeal against an acquittal can be filed in a high court within 90 days of the judgment. Since the government did not file any appeal against the acquittal of accused, Khar, the case cannot be reopened now.

However, lawyers say that since the accused may be the reason for Fakhra's suicide, a case can be registered on charges of attempted murder, The Express Tribune reports.

A case against Khar was registered on the complaint of Shahida Malik on May 14, 2000 for attempted murder, but the discrepancies between statements of witnesses allowed the accused to file successful applications of bail and acquittal.

It was reported this morning that Fakhra committed suicide by jumping from the sixth floor of her Rome apartment building, an hour after looking at her distorted, scarred face in the mirror and weeping bitterly.

Her neighbour in the Italian capital, Haji Allah Din, who left her crying in the house, dismissing the incident as a daily episode, said that Fakhra was haunted by her past even on that ill-fated day.

On Sunday afternoon, Din escorted her body from Rome to Karachi airport in a casket draped in the national flag.

Her body was received by her tearful family as well as PML-N lawmaker Tehmina Durrani and Muttahida Qaumi Movement leaders Wasay Jalil, Khushbakht Shujaat and Nadia Gabol.

At the request of social activist Abdul Sattar Edhi, funeral prayers were offered at the Edhi Shelter Home in Sohrab Goth, while she was laid to rest at the DHA graveyard. (ANI)

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