SHC issues notices on petitions seeking shifting two convicts to Karachi prison

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday issued notices to home secretary, Inspector General Prisons, Superintendents of Karachi Central Prison and Sukkur prison in petitions seeking transfer of two convicts belonging to banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LJ) from Sukkur jail to Karachi central prison.

A division bench of SHC headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, also issued notice advocate general of Sindh and adjourned the matter till September 19.

Two LJ activists, Attaullah alias Qasim and Mohammad Azam alias Sharif were sentenced to death by an anti-terrorism court in July 2004 for killing Dr Ali Raza Peerani on sectarian grounds in June 2001 in Soldier Bazaar.

The appeals against the convictions were turned down by the Sindh High Court and the Supreme Court. The mercy petitions were also dismissed by the president.

The ATC had previously issued black warrants against them but the executions were stayed by the president till June 30.

After the lapse of the presidential stay order, the court reissued black warrants directing authorities in central prison in Sukkur to hang Attaullah and Azam, one on Aug 20 and the other on Aug 21.

The petitioners, Saima wife of Mohammad Azam and Zuhra Bibi mother of Attaullah submitted before the court that both the convicts were shifted to the Sukkur jail on pretext of security concerns in month of Ramdan.

They said that they were residents of Karachi, hence convicts be hanged in Karachi central prison so that they could meet them before execution.

They pleaded the court to directed Jail authorities to transfer convicts to Karachi prison.

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