KARACHI: Two death row convicts are set to be sent to the gallows in the early hours of March 17 as the Supreme Court on Monday rejected their plea for deferment of their executions.
Three-member bench, comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Amir Hani Muslim and Qazi Faiz Essa, dismissed applications of two convicts – Muhammad Faisal and Muhammad Afzal – through which they pleaded to the court to suspend their executions as they had been pardoned by the victim’s family.
During the hearing at the apex court’s Karachi registry, the judges observed that the convicts’ offence falls within ambit of anti-terrorism law and the offence punished under Section 7 of the Anti-terrorism Act 1997 was non-compoundable.
The convicts are scheduled to be hanged by neck till death on March 17. Faisal, Afzal, and Kashif were convicted by an ATC in July 1999 for killing a man during a robbery bid in Korangi in 1998. Kashif died in prison in 2006.
The relatives of the convicts had moved the Sindh High Court against issuance of black warrants of the convicts, stating the convicts were pardoned by the legal heirs of the deceased; therefore, an ATC cannot issue black warrants for their execution.
While granting their request, SHC’s division bench had suspended the execution of the black warrants, enabling the convicts to approach the trial court. Subsequently, the convicts and the complainant party jointly moved a compromise application before ATC court judge, but their compromise applications were rejected by it.