Two more murder convicts hanged


The jail authorities on Tuesday sent two more death row prisoners to gallows in Sialkot and Gujrat.

A murderer Laghir Maseeh was hanged in Sialkot District Jail. He was convicted in 2003 for abduction and murder of a child.

Another death row prisoner, Ghulam Rasool, was hanged in Gujrat District Jail. He was awarded death penalty for a student’s murder in 2000.

Meanwhile, the scheduled execution of two more condemned prisoners was deferred in Multan and Sahiwal prisons following their agreements with victim families.

Meanwhile, a two-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday stayed execution of a death row prisoner, Allah Ditta, who was scheduled to be hanged in Kot Lakhpat Jail on August 5.

The bench directed Punjab prosecutor general to assist whether a convict could be released after being pardoned by heirs’ of victim under Anti-Terrorism Act, or the court can intervene in the matter.

The court also ordered to communicate its orders to the jail authorities concerned immediately.

The bench comprising Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry passed the orders on an appeal filed by Shahzad Ahmad, son of Allah Ditta, while hearing the matter at Supreme Court Lahore Registry.

Earlier, the petitioner’s counsel arguing before the court submitted that heirs’ of victim had pardoned the convict but despite that the court concerned issued his black warrants for August 5. He contended that the step was illegal as the convict could not be hanged after being pardoned by the heirs.

He pleaded the court to set aside black warrants and order the release of convict.

Upon this, the bench stayed the execution of the convict till further orders and sought reply from the jail administration till August 11.