Quality or quantity of evidence? It is not the number of witnesses which is important but the quality of the evidence which is to be considered. 1980 P.Cr.LJ 898. Abdul Nasir. PLD 1980 SC 225 Allah Bakhsh v. Shammi etc.
Solitary and interested witness. Conviction can be based on solitary evidence of an interested witness. Corroboration in case of an interested witness need not be of same probative force as in the case of an accomplice. Whether solitary witness should be believed depends on the circumstances of each case. (DB) 1971 SCMR 659 Muhammad Siddiq etc.
Solitary witness but inspiring confidence and independent held that his earlier appearance as a witness in a robbery case did not make him an interested witness. (DB) PLJ 1983 Cr.C.(Pesh.) 149. Iftikhar Hussain.
One completely independent witness. Ocular evidence in a murder case must be of unimpeachable character. Evidence of one completely independent witness unimpeachable and dispelling all doubt. Evidence of other witnesses as supported by such independent witness cannot be rejected (SC) 1973 SCMR 245 Ramzan.
Solitary eye-witness a cousin of the deceased but a natural witness. His statement corroborated by dying declaration. Conviction upheld. (SC) 1973 SCMR 437 Fazal Diyan.
Solitary witness. Conviction can be based on the evidence of a solitary witness. (SC) 1969 SCMR 76 Mali; 1968 P Cr.LJ 1441 Ranjha etc 1971 SCMR 273. 1971 SCMR 530; 1971 SCMR 659 Muhammad Siddiq.
On statement of solitary witness conviction can be based but such witness should be absolutely dependable. 1995 SCMR 1979, Gulistan.
Sole disinterested witness. Conviction may be based on the evidence of a sole disinterested witness. (SC) PLD 1962 SC 102 Ali Ahmad.
Solitary statement of the prosecutor made basis of conviction when the lady was found to be an honest and respectable witness. PLJ 1985 Cr.C. (Lah.) 13. Sher Ali Khan.
Solitary eye-witness relied on when found related to both the parties and could not be called an interested witnesss. Death sentence upheld. (SC) NLR 1982 Cr. 8. Mubarak.
Single witness; conviction can be based on his evidence when Court considers the witness reliable. Emphasis is on quality of evidence rather than quantity. PLD 1980 SC 225. Allah Bakhsh v. Shammi etc. PLJ 1980 SC 492.
Solitary eye-witness of the case must be wholly reliable to carry conviction. (S.C. India) 1993 SCMR 2405, Kathi Odhabhai Bhimabhai etc.
Testimony of solitary witness when found reliable, corroborated by F.I.R and motive, non-production of two eye-witnesses was not fatal to the prosecution in the circumstances of the case. Death sentence confirmed. (DB) NLR 1985 Cr. 501. Muhammad Hussain.
Solitary witness of recovery of illicit gun. Held, not safe to maintain conviction on evidence of solitary witness. (DB) 1978 PCr.LJ 157 Jahana 1978 PCr.LJ 222. Zulfiqar.
Solitary eye-witness. Conviction for murder on evidence of solitary eye-witness is highly unsafe. (FB) PLJ 1975 Cr.C.(Lah.) 88 Sakandar. (SC) PLJ 1978 SC 247 Mumtaz Din. PLD 1971 SC 114.
Statement of a sole witness giving direct evidence regarded as false about some accused, it becomes subject to reasonable doubt regarding the other accused as well. (FC) PLD 1954 FC 170 Muhammad Afsar v. Crown.
Solitary witness in a murder case. In accordance with the principle of "Safe Administration of Justice", High Court did not rely on the statement of a solitary witness. Supreme Court refused leave for appeal from acquittal (SC) 1972 SCMR 620 Mahmood Khan v. Ahmad etc.
Quantum of evidence in a murder case, where life for life is to be taken, it is necessary under Quran and Sunnah that two adult male witnesses of unquestionable integrity be produced to prove the offence. Although it is provided in Article 17(2) of Qanun-e-Shahadat Order 1984 that the Court may act on the evidence of one male or female witness, but in a case where other persons were present who saw the occurrence and who could be produced for evidence, it is not proper to act on the evidence of one man only. (DB) PLD 1989 Kar. 293. Ghulam Murtaza.
Solitary eye-witness not believed. Material on record showing such eye-witness under the influence of deceased's family. High Court upholding conviction because of this witness. Supreme Court by majority giving benefit of doubt to the appellant and acquitting him. (SC) PLJ 1973 SC 150 Noora.
Conviction can be based on the evidence of one dependable witness alone as laid down in Article 17 of Qanun-e-Shahadat Order, 1984. PLJ 1991 Cr.C. (Lah.)233. Rab Nawaz.
Sole eye-witness of murder becomes reliable when witness had no motive to falsely implicate accusel whose extra-judicial confession also calls for reliance. (DB) PLJ 1975 Cr. C. (Lah.) 121. Faiz Muhammad.
Solitary eye-witness believed when corroborated by medical evidence and motive, notwithstanding her minority and relationship with deceased. (DB) 1975 Cr.LJ 218 Ghulam Hussain. (SSC) PLJ 1978 SC 144. Bacha Said.