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SC Orders Sindh Govt To Pay Rs1 Million To Amal Umer’s Parents As Compensation

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The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) on Tuesday has concluded the suo motu taken by former chief justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar on 10-year-old Amal Umer’s death. SC has ordered the Sindh government to pay Rs500,000 to the child’s family, while also donating an additional Rs500,000 to the Rah-e-Amal Trust established by the victim’s parents.

According to a news report published in DAWN, Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed headed the three-judge SC bench comprising of Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, who heard a suo motu case regarding Amal’s death.

“The amount of the compensation money needs to be reasonable,” the chief justice observed, despite Sindh Additional Advocate General Sibtain Mahmood’s argument that there were no legal provisions for the government to grant such a huge compensation.

Faisal Siddiqui, counsel for Amal’s parents, told Dawn that this is the highest ever compensation money being paid to the victim family on the orders of the apex court. The order also noted that the Sindh police have dismissed two police officers who were responsible for the shooting of the 10-year-old.

Former chief justice Mian Saqib Nisar in 2018 had taken a suo motu notice of the killing of 10-year-old Amal, who was shot dead in August 2018 during an encounter between police and suspected robbers in Karachi.

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