Karachi: New black warrants for 3 convicts out
KARACHI: An anti–terrorism court reissued on Tuesday black warrants for the execution of three condemned prisoners. Two activists of the proscribed Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, Attaullah alias Qasim and Mohammad Azam alias Sharif, were sentenced to death in 2004 after an ATC found them guilty of killing a doctor while the third convict, Behram Khan, got capital punishment in 2003 for murdering a lawyer. Jail authorities had filed applications in court on Monday stating that the previous black warrants issued by the court had lost their legal validity since the presidency issued stay orders to block the hanging.
They submitted that the stay orders in both cases stood lapsed on June 30 and no further orders were received to defer the hanging.
They prayed to the court to issue fresh black warrants for the execution of the three convicts.
While entertaining the pleas, Judge Ghulam Mustafa Memon of the ATC–III issued fresh black warrants and fixed July 17 for the execution of convict Behram and July 18 for the LJ men.
The court directed the jail authorities to hang them till death at 4.30am on the respective dates after completing legal formalities.
The appeals and mercy petitions of the convicts have been dismissed by the superior judiciary and the president, respectively.
The same court issued black warrants for the LJ men on June 11 and fixed June 26 for their execution while a black warrant for Behram was issued on May 10 for May 23 for his hanging.
However, the presidency deferred the executions till June 30 in both cases by issuing a number of stay orders.
The LJ activists gunned down Dr Ali Raza Peerani on sectarian grounds in June 2001 in Soldier Bazaar when he came out of his clinic and about to leave in his car.
Behram killed Advocate Mohammad Ashraf on April 15, 2003 in a courtroom of the Sindh High Court. The convict along with a sub-inspector actually came to kill Advocate Qurban Ali Chauhan, who was a lawyer for the accused in a murder case, but killed Ashraf as he did not recognise Qurban.