Pardon the pardon

Sir: According to Gulf News, even though a Saudi woman pardoned her husband for beating her on the shoulder and wanted to drop charges, the prosecutor went ahead with the case and the judge sentenced the husband to 20 lashes. Pakistani courts can therefore annul the deal in the recent Shahzeb murder case, where a substantial amount of money is reported to have been paid to the victim’s family for withdrawing the case against the convict. If it can be done in Saudi Arabia, then why not in Pakistan?

Printed in Daily Times, September 14, 2013