SHC suspends operation of death warrants of two convicts

March 1, 2015 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Monday suspended the operation of death warrants of two convicts till March 06.

Two death row prisoners, Mohammad Faisal and Mohammad Afzal, were scheduled to be sent to the gallows on March 05. Faisal and Afzal were convicted by an ATC in July 1999 for killing a man during a robbery bid in Korangi in 1998.

Petitioners, Ameena Begum and Zainab Begum, moved the court against issuance of black warrants of their sons, Afzal and Faisal, respectively.

Counsel for the petitioners stated that both convicts were pardoned by the legal heirs of the deceased, but despite fact an ATC had issued black warrants for their execution.

They argued that as the victimized family had already pardoned the convicts, they cannot be executed and requested the court to suspend the operation of the black warrants.

After hearing arguments of the counsel, a division bench, headed by Justice Ahmed Ali M Shiekh, observed that since this court had already dismissed the appeals of both convicts against their sentences and its decision was also upheld by the apex court, it cannot pass any judgment on the compromise plea moved by the parties.

Counsel said he did not press the petitions but requested the judges to permit victim family to approach the trial court and for the meantime suspend the operation of black warrants.

Observing that the victim family may file application before trial court which shall be decided by it in accordance with law, the bench suspended the operation of death warrants till March 06.

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