SC stays execution of four death-row convicts

ISLAMABAD: A two member bench of the Supreme Court has stayed execution of four convicts on the charges of murder awarded by Anti-Terrorists Courts of Sargodha and Lahore who were scheduled to be hanged in Mianwali jail and Kot Lakhpat jail Lahore on August 5.

The bench comprising Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja and Justice Dost Muhammad on Monday heard review petitions of the convicts Kareem Nawaz Khan, Attiq-ur-Rehman, Azhar Basheer, Shabbir Bashir and stayed their execution.

According to details, Kareem Nawaz Khan killed his brother, sister and sister-in-law over a family dispute and was awarded death penalty by the trial court and upheld by the superior courts.

An Anti-Terrorism Court of Sargodha had awarded death penalty to Kareem Nawaz Khan under section 302 of CrPc and Section 7 of Anti-Terrorism Act. The Lahore High Court and Supreme Court had upheld his conviction.

Later, the heirs of the deceased pardoned Kareem Nawaz and he was acquitted of murder charges under Section 302 CrPc.

During the course of proceedings, Abid Saqi counsel for the petitioner Kareem Nawaz contented that the pardon was also applicable on other charges since it has been accepted in the main office. He pleaded the court to set aside the death warrants issued by ATC.

The bench after hearing the arguments of Abid Saqi counsel for Kareem Nawaz granted stay against the execution of death sentence and adjourned hearing of the case to a date in office.

While in another case, the apex court also stayed the execution of Attiq-ur-Rehman, Azhar Basheer and Shabbir after hearing their review petition. The ATC Lahore had awarded them death penalty and the superior courts upheld the conviction.

Source: APP