Karachi: Hanging of 2 LJ men stayed for 5 days
KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court on Monday deferred till June 30 the hanging of two condemned prisoners belonging to the banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, who had been sentenced to death in a doctor’s killing case. Following the dismissal of their appeals by the superior judiciary as well as the mercy petition by the president, an ATC had on June 11 issued black warrants for the two LJ activists — Attaullah alias Qasim and Mohammad Azam alias Sharif — and fixed June 26 for their execution.
However, a court official said that jail authorities, through an application, informed the court that the two condemned prisoners had filed an application for the postponement of the hanging on the ground that they might enter into a compromise with the complainant party.
The application was placed before Judge Bashir Ahmed Khoso, the judge in charge of the ATC-III, who deferred the execution for five days.
Both the convicts were sentenced to death by an ATC in July 2004 for killing Dr Ali Raza Peerani on sectarian grounds in June 2001 in the Soldier Bazaar area.
The prosecution said that Dr Peerani came out of his clinic in Soldier Bazaar and was about to drive off his car when two motorcyclists opened fire on him, leaving him seriously wounded.
He was rushed to a hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.
The police arrested banned LJ chief Mohammad Ajmal alias Akram Lahori and his accomplices on June 29, 2002 within the remit of the Defence police station and they disclosed their involvement in the present case, it added.
A case was lodged under Section 302 (premeditated murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code read with Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 at the Soldier Bazaar police station.