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Offences Against Person

Murder

Offences against the person are mostly committed in a variety of situations for which consequences could be serious. Punishment prescribed for murder/attempted murder by the Pakistan Penal Code is usually on the higher side. Both prosecuting and defending such charges may be quite difficult and requiring technical experience and insight. We undertake both prosecution and defence work and have a substantial experience of advocacy before various judicial forums of Pakistan with regard to such heinous offences.

Anti Terrorism Cases

Pakistan is a hot bed for Terrorism cases and in more cases than not, individuals who have no relation to terrorist acts all involved in such cases, in order to strengthen the prosecution case. Such cases are difficult, both when it comes to securing bail as well as getting favorable judgments from the trial court, our Chamber is willing and able to give our clients the best possible representation. With Barrister Salman having been the Special Prosecutor for Anti Terrorism in Cases in Appellate Courts, he brings insight and understanding to the Anti Terror law in Pakistan and provides the best possible defense that the law provides.

From the beginning of the investigation and culmination of the trial, we try our best to ensure that S. 7 of the Anti Terrorism Act 1997 is used sparingly and only in the most relevant of cases. Once a case is brought outside the ambit of terrorism, the likelihood of success increases, and in cases where S. 7 is part of judicial proceedings, our exceptional advocacy and cross examination skills are able to create doubt in the most difficult of cases.

We are currently engaged in several publicly relevant Anti Terrorism Cases both at trial and Appellate stage. We are also engaged in seminal cases relating to Suspension of Sentences in Anti Terrorism Cases.

Narcotics

Possession of Narcotics substances entail serious consequences including capital sentence depending on the quantity recovered. Most narcotics cases are now being prosecuted under the Control of Narcotics Substances Act, 1997 (CNSA). Our chamber has gained a great deal of recognition in securing bails and, eventually, acquittals in some famous narcotics and drugs cases of the country, receiving media attention at both national and international level. We offer full representation for our clients (mostly foreign nationals) charged with drug related offences. Our services include representation at bail hearings, trials and appeals before the Divisional Bench at the High Court.

A large number of Foreign Nationals are arrested every year in Pakistan in relation to drug offences. We have represented several such clients, sometimes having engaged directly and on occasion, having been engaged through Consulates of countries. Our efficient work ethic and success rate has seen us handle some of the most high profile cases associated with narcotics cases in Pakistan. We have been counsel in the Rehmat Shah Afridi Case and Rana Zia Case, both which are considered seminal judgments in the field.

Sexual Offences

Hadood and other associated sexual offences are a contentious area of legal practice in Pakistan. Our chamber has vast experience in handling and successfully advocating cases of Zina, Zina bin Jabar and sexual harassment.

Domestic Violence

With the increase in media awareness a greater number of cases of domestic violence now get reported. Seeking relief for victims of domestic violence or alternatively for individuals falsely implicated on trumped up charges requires competent legal handling which our chamber offers to its clients.

Abduction / Kidnapping

Kidnapping, Abduction and Ransom were originally included as offences under the Pakistan Penal Code, however, witnessing a rapid increase in the commission of these offences, the Anti Terrorism Act, 1997 assumed special jurisdiction to try these offences in the Anti Terrorism Courts. Our experience includes providing clients charged with these offences with an effective and fruitful representation, both at the trial and appellate stage. Usually, such matters involve money transactions, an essential constituent of the offence, which plays an extremely crucial role in establishing criminal liability.

Criminal Intimidation

This entails intimidation of individuals in order to deny justice to the vulnerable. Our chamber is one of the very few in Pakistan which handles such suites with competence.

Medical Negligence

Holding medical practitioners responsible for clinical negligence requires expertise and insight in the field of medicine and the technical terminology used. Gross negligence is not out of reach of criminal law; all such transactions are now accountable and can be taken to task by our expert criminal lawyer.

Offences against Property

Banking Crime & Fraud

Our chamber regularly advises banks and other financial institutions, focusing mainly on banking and financial crimes. We have ample experience of litigation in the following areas:

  • Breach of the terms of an instrument or document whereby possession of any asset or property offered as security for the re-payment of finance.
  • Fraudulent misrepresentation made to a financial institution
  • Dishonest alienation of mortgaged property.
  • Offences under the jurisdiction of Special Court (Banking Offences)
Fraud / Cheating / Forgery

Forgery is the process of making or adapting documents with the intention to deceive. It is a form of fraud and is often a key technique in the execution of identity theft. Questioned document examination is a scientific process for investigating many aspects of various documents and is often used to examine the provenance and verity of a suspected forgery. Sections 420, 468 and 471 of the Pakistan Penal Code deal exclusively with these offences and are the most common offences committed in Pakistan. We have built a strong working relationship with forensic and hand writing experts in order to provide efficient and effective representation for our clients.

Dishonouring of Cheques

The issuance of cheques in lieu of financial commitments is common practice. They are given during the course of business, employment and in some cases purchases of consumer goods. The dishonoring of a cheque when you have already fulfilled your commitment can be a harrowing experience which is why we offer our services to both aggrieved and accused parties in such cases. Our services include recommending investigation methods, arguing or opposing bail applications as well as trials related to this offence. We handle cases for persons as well as companies. In cases where you are being persecuted for a crime you did not commit or have been cheated by the presentation of a dishonored cheque, you will find our services tailored to your requirements.

The Chamber has several reported judgments on this offence quoted and published by the Honorable Lahore High Court. Recognizing our commitment to improving the discourse on this law, Barrister Safdar was appointed as Amicus Curia by the Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court.

Intellectual Property

With advancement in technology and rampant business growth in the twenty first century Copy-Rights, Patents and Trademarks face a dire need of protection. Our Chamber handles suits of such nature with great competance despite the loop holes in law with regard to the protection of Intellectual Property.

NAB / Anti Corruption

White collar crimes are usually committed in business transactions and involve complex and intricate issues. Given the sophistication of commercial dealings, it is difficult to both prosecute and defend such transactions. In the recent past we have provided successful representation to business people, entrepreneurs, professionals and public officials relating to white collar crimes. Our expertise includes handling some of the most high profile white collar offences giving us the understanding of complex financial nformation and transactional processes. We have ample resources to manage document intensive business cases, as well as access to a network of financial experts

Cases related to financial crime require specialized cells and investigative procedures. These crimes are unique and based on documentary evidence that include audit reports, financial reports, and communication over email and blackberry messenger(s). Our expertise over forensic accounting, rights of privacy and cyber law tie in to give our clients the whole and complete package that is essential for a successful litigation.

Property Fraud

In the past five years, Pakistan has witnessed a major boom in the property sector. In particular, the huge investments made by foreign nationals in the property sector due to the growing need for housing and high rises has caused a mushrooming effect that has rippled through out Pakistan. The recent surge, growth and investments made over the last few years in the property market has also brought with it illegal elements that through illegal means have tried to take advantage of the property boom. The following are the illegal

means against which we protect our clients and provide a legal, yet practical, solution to the problems they might be facing with regards to their property.

  • Illegal Possession
  • Illegal Dispossession is a new addition to the laws of property and has come about through the Illegal Dispossession Act of 2005
  • Land grabbing by Qabza Group/Land Mafia
  • Transfer of title through forged documents (Forgery)
Cyber Crime

Increase in technology and use of computers in both personal and business sector has increased remarkably. Law is constantly developing in this region due to drastic increase in the level of prosecutions. Allegations are not only extremely technical but also difficult to prove. Offences relating to cyber crime now fall within the domain of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). We offer our specialization to the full range of cyber crime offences, including, electronic media offences, cyber crime information, credit card fraud, funds transfer, computer sabotage, hacking etc.

Our experience with dealing with cases related to Cyber Crime places us the top law firm which handles both prosecutions and criminal defense related to cyber offences. Our chamber has been associated with almost all landmark cases in the field. We have represented some of Pakistan's top auditing, consumer good and finance corporations in cases related to hacking, violation of privacy of information and damage to information systems. Considering that Pakistani law is still in the development phase on these issues, we aggressively use international standards and best practices when it comes to cyber crime to protect and further the interest of our client.

Our list of clients include Cure MD, a firm specializing in medical outsourcing and Deloitte Touche Tomahitsu, the world's premier auditing and risk management firm.