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Pak court orders amputation for robber

The Afghan national will also undergo a 5-year jail term and shall have to pay a fine of $500.

india Updated: Jan 27, 2006 21:43 IST

A Pakistani court has directed that the hand and foot of an Afghan national, who was found guilty of robbery, be amputated, a news report said on Friday.

The daily Dawn reported that the lower court judge in the Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) directed that Ajab Khan's right hand from the wrist and his left foot from the ankle be chopped off as punishment for the crime.

Additionally, Khan will undergo a five-year jail term and shall have to pay a fine of about $500.

Khan, a resident of Afghanistan's eastern Jalalabad city, robbed a small businessman on a roadside in Peshawar, the NWFP capital, in 2005.

"He (businessman) was waiting at a bus stand in Peshawar when Khan attacked him and snatched Pakistani Rs 320,240 ($5,350)," public prosecutor Shehzada Khan told the court.

It is the second judgment under the strict Islamic Hudood law by any court in NWFP, a province bordering Afghanistan and now being ruled by an Islamic alliance, Muttahida Majlis-e-Ammal (MMA).

The convict can, however, petition the Federal Shariat Court (FSC), which adjudicates legal matters in view of the Quranic injunctions.

Under the Hudood laws, the conviction is valid only when the accused pleads guilty or at least two adult male Muslim witnesses testify against the accused.

Although the controversial laws have been in place since the late 1970s, no execution or amputation has so far taken place, and hundreds of cases, particularly those involving women, are pending before the lower courts.

First Published: Jan 27, 2006 19:38 IST