Ifthikar Mehmood & Anr. v. Qaiser Ifthikar (2011 SCMR 1165)

Motive is a relevant factor towards determining the quantum of sentence. The motive of religious feelings can amount to compelling circumstances mitigating against a capital sentence.

Zafar Iqbal alias Zafarullah Khan v State (2017 SCMR 1721)

The death penalty should not be awarded where there is a lack of premeditation and motive is unproven. The Supreme Court considers a single shot fired as evidence of lack of premeditation.

Muhammad Sharif v. The State (PLD 2009 SC 709)

The death penalty should not be awarded where the accused lacked premeditation and provocation was established

Abdul Haque v. State (PLD 1996 SC 1)

Grave and sudden provocation may be a mitigating factor despite it not being available as a plea under the law. In establishing provocation, specific cultural practices/traditions may be considered.