Unreliable evidence

Abdul Jabbar v. State (2017 SCMR 1155)

In a case involving unreliable evidence, such as an FIR that was completed after a delay and uncorroborated statements made by eyewitnesses, a court may not uphold a death sentence.

Hashim Qasim v. State; Jehangir Elahi v. Shoaib Ahmed (2017 SCMR 986)

In order for a court to rely on circumstantial evidence in cases involving capital punishment, such evidence must be so interlinked that it constitutes a single unbroken chain and be beyond reproach.

Zahir Yousaf v. State (2017 SCMR 2002)

Where a court finds evidence to be inconsistent, the accused may be acquitted.

Nasrullah alias Nasro v. State (2017 SCMR 724)

The mere fact that an alleged crime took place in the accused’s premises is not sufficient to establish culpability.

Sadar Bibi and another v Munir Ahmed and Others (2017 SCMR 344)

If the “eye-witnesses produced by the prosecution are disbelieved to the extent of some accused person attributed effective role, then the said eye-witnesses cannot be relied upon for the purpose of convicting another accused person attributed a similar role, without availability of independent corroboration.”