Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday suspended the execution of a death row convict in response to a petition filed by the convict’s counsel.
According to private media reports, convict Faiz Ahmad was issued a death warrant by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) on December 26. He was condemned to death in 2006 for the killing of Lance Naik Tariq Mehmood in Nakana Sahib.
Ahmad’s execution was scheduled for January 14. His lawyer submitted an application in LHC, mentioning that an appeal against the death sentence was pending in the Supreme Court since 2009 and therefore, his death warrant should be set aside by the court.
A LHC bench stopped the execution and ordered a clarification from the ATC on the matter.
Pakistan lifted a six-year-old moratorium on death penalty for terror convicts on December 17, following a deadly Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar. At least 150 people, mostly students, were killed in the attack.
Since then, seven convicts have been executed.