ATC re-issues death warrant of convict Hussain


KARACHI: An Anti-terrorism Court (ATC) on Monday re-issued the death warrant for convict Shafqat Hussain, fixing 4th August 2015 as his execution day.

This is the fifth time that the court has issued his black warrants as the same court had issued his death warrants for four times before.

Earlier his hanging was halted due to contradictory claims about his age at the time of committing the crime. But a committee led by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) declared that Hussain was not underage at the time of committing offence.

Hussain was involved in the kidnapping and killing of a seven-year-old boy, in 2004 in New Town. According to the prosecution, the convict was a guard in the apartment form where he kidnapped the boy, demanded ransom from his family for his safe release and later killed him.

He was sentenced to death by ATC in 2004 and his appeal had been rejected by the Supreme Court and the Sindh High Court, while the then president of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari had also rejected his mercy petition in 2012.

ATC judge on Monday issued fresh death warrant for Shafqat Hussain and he is expected to be hanged on August 4, under the supervision of judicial Magistrate after completing all legal and medical formalities.