KARACHI - The Sindh High Court on Monday set aside a lower courts order of life imprisonment awarded to two Muhajir Qaumi Movement (Haqiqi) leaders Afaq Ahmed and Amir Khan and granted them bails against surety bonds of Rs 0.3 million each. A single appellate bench of Justice Ghulam Sarwar Korai issued the judgment on appeals against their convictions awarded by the lower court. The court fixed May 23 for next hearing on review applications. Earlier the court had reserved judgment after hearing final arguments from both the sides. The court observed the evidences and testimony produced by the prosecution in the trial court against the applicants/convicts were not enough to pass such a judgment. On April 7, 2010, an additional district and sessions judge awarded life imprisonment to both the political leaders in a murder case of an MQM activist in 1992. Afaq and Amir, leading their own factions of MQM-H, had challenged the convictions in the Sindh High Court, separately, stating they had been politically victimised. They also alleged that the said judgment was politically influenced. The lower court had issued the judgment after it found them involved in the killing of their rival party worker. As per the lower courts order, they were involved in the killing of Farooq Siddiqui on June 19, 1992, brother of former member of provincial assembly Haroon Siddiqui within the limits of Landhi police station. As many as 14 witnesses testified in the court and nine of them had identified the accused during the trial process. An FIR No 102/92 was registered against them under Sections 147, 148, 149, 324, 364, 302 and 34 of the Pakistan Penal Code on the complaint of Ismail Qureshi at the Landhi police station. In the trial court, Afaqs counsel denied the charges, saying his client was innocent and not involved in the said offenses. There was no evidence linking him with the commission of the alleged crime, he argued. Similarly, Aamir Khan also refused the allegation by submitting that the charges against him were baseless and politically motivated.