September 27, 2022: The prestigious dawn issued the following report (extract) under the above headline.

PESHAWAR: A local court has acquitted two men on the charge of killing an Ahmadi homeopath in his clinic on the outskirts of the provincial capital last year.

Additional sessions judge Attaullah Jan ruled that the accused facing trial, Ehsanullah of Bara tehsil in Khyber tribal district as well as his co-accused of Darra Adamkhel, a juvenile person,were given the benefit of doubt for acquittal in the murder case.

He added that Ehsanullah, who was in custody, would be released forthwith if he was not wanted in any other case.

The co-accused has already been freed after the grant of bail. …

The deceased, Dr Abdul Qadir, 65, was attacked in his clinic in Bazidkhel area on Feb 11, 2021, by the prime accused during a visit. Ehsanullah, who pretended to be a patient, allegedly fired gunshots at the homeopath and tried to escape.

The co-accused was arrested after he, as the police claimed, was named by the prime accused as his accomplice during initial investigation.

The prime accused had allegedly told police that the co-accused had provided him with the pistol used in the murder.

The FIR of the targeted killing was registered at the Inqilab police station under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code and Section 13 of the Arms Act.

The complainant in the case was Dr Ibne Amin, who claimed that he was present at the clinic and had gone to another room for attending a phone call when he heard fire shots.

The complainant claimed that he chased the prime accused and caught him near the clinic before handing him over to the policemen, which showed up later.

He claimed that his cousin was killed for religious reasons.

The family members of the deceased didn’t pursue trial. …