The Islamabad District and Sessions Court has halted proceedings in the Arshad Sharif murder case.
Due to the absence of witnesses and lack of interest, the case file has been sent to the record room.
Judicial Magistrate Abbas Shah issued the written decision of the previous hearing.
According to the verdict, the court received an investigation report of Section 512 of the Pakistan Penal Code in the Arshad Sharif murder case.
On April 5, the court sent a summons notice to the witnesses to record their statements, the court said. It said the witnesses were called several times to record their statements, but none appeared.
The witnesses are not interested in recording their statement in the Arshad Sharif murder case, the verdict said, adding that the prosecution was given an opportunity to submit evidence 15 times.
At the previous hearing, a notice was sent to the prosecution asking why the file should not be sent to the record room.
According to the prosecutor, private and public witnesses were not appearing in the court to record their statements, the verdict said.
Keeping in view the situation, the Arshad Sharif murder case proceedings are being stopped, the court remarked.
It further said that the prosecution may file an application for a new date considering the appearance of witnesses.
Until further orders, the file of the Arshad Sharif murder case is being sent to the record room, the court stated.